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Chernobyl and Fukushima Legacies: Photo Essay by Paul Fusco

Spent Fuel Rods Under Water, Hanford Nuclear Reservation, Washington State USA (from Wikimedia Commons)

During this nuclear-emergency-in-progress in Fukushima (see a recent update, “Fukushima: INES-7 Announcement Today by lobster Monday April 11, 2011 9:09 pm), I will contend that we can no longer debate or ignore the profound impact of humanity’s tendency towards the tragic mismanagement of nuclear energy and waste. What I perceive conspicuously missing from discussion is the concrete impact and review of the lessons already learned as a result of prior craven political decisions to put the financial gain of a handful of people above the welfare of generations of others (see “Unethical human experimentation in the United States: Human radiation experiments” and “Nuclear Attack on the Yakama Culture” with video from Feb 6, 2010).

Paul Fusco has provided a photo and audio essay about the tragedy and reality of nuclear poisoning in the collapsing Soviet Union. In Chernobyl Legacy he documents what human tragedies have already occurred and therefore what lies ahead for more than just beautiful Japan if we do not now find the political will to properly decommission and contain these facilities while we can (Mar. 26, 2011 interview with Nicole M. Foss). We must implement a very long-range, biologically friendly, nuclear and petrochemical free way to live on this precious Earth or simply cease to exist. It really is that simple.

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