Author(s): Sergei V Jargin, Andrei K Kaloshin
After the Chernobyl accident appeared many publications exaggerating its medical consequences. Some of them are discussed in this minireview, which is a continuation of a preceding discussion. Among the motives for the overestimation were anti-nuclear resentments, widespread among the Green movement; however, their attitude has not been entirely wrong: nuclear facilities should have been prevented from spreading to overpopulated countries governed by unstable regimes and regions where conflicts and terrorism cannot be excluded. Nevertheless, we believe that certain Green activists have worked in the interests of the fossil fuel producers. The Chernobyl accident has been exploited to strangulate worldwide development of nuclear energy. Today, there are no alternatives to nuclear power: nonrenewable fossil fuels will probably become more expensive in the long run, contributing to the excessive population growth in the oil-producing countries and poverty in the rest of the world. Worldwide use of nuclear energy will become possible only after a concentration of authority within an efficient international executive based in the most developed countries. This will enable construction of nuclear power plants in optimally suitable places, considering all sociopolitical, geographic, geologic, and other preconditions, quality of working of local workforce, etc.