地球之友（Friends of the Earth）在位於華盛頓的辦公室指出，「車諾比核變20週年紀念是最真實的警告，告誡我們核能是減緩全球暖化所應採用的最後選擇。」
At a conference called to mark the 20th anniversary of the explosion and nuclear meltdown that destroyed Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear power plant, President Victor Yushchenko called for an international donor conference to help his country cover the ongoing costs of dealing with the world's worst nuclear disaster.
"Obviously, we cannot resolve these problems alone. Experts claim Ukraine’s damage will be estimated at US$170 billion by 2015," Yushchenko said. Ukraine has spent US$15 billion over the past 20 years to cope with the aftermath of the disaster, he said.
Yushchenko said the world must learn from the Chernobyl tragedy to prevent such disasters in the future. “Today, we put human and environmental safety first," he said. "These principles are really important to me.”
Mikhail Gorbachev was general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union on April 26, 1986 when the accident happened. Now founder and chairman of the environmental organization Green Cross International, Gorbachev today called upon for leaders of the world’s largest industrialized nations, the G8, to create a $50 billion Global Solar Fund over 10 years.
“The Fund could easily be raised by cutting subsidies for fossil fuels like oil and coal, to install solar photovoltaic equipment around the planet, thereby driving down the price, and creating a mass market for a clean fuel technology," Gorbachev wrote i
n a letter to heads of state and leaders of parliaments in the G8 nations.
In an energy security brief accompanying the letter Gorbachev warned of the dangers of continued reliance on oil, gas and nuclear power while relegating renewable energy to secondary status.
The Chernobyl disaster is regarded as the worst accident in the history of nuclear power. After the explosion at reactor #4, the fire burned for 10 days, releasing 400 times more radioactive material into the atmosphere than the U.S. nuclear bomb at Hiroshima, Japan in 1945.
Friends of the Earth said today from its office in Washington, DC, that the 20th anniversary of the nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl is "a stark reminder that nuclear power is the last technology in the world we should be pursuing to lessen global warming."
The group warns that before the problems of radioactive waste and terrorist acquisition of nuclear materials are solved, the nuclear power industry is "touting a vast world-wide expansion in nuclear plants, and "peddling nuclear power as the solution to global warming in a multi-million dollar ad campaign that portrays nuclear power as clean and carbon-free."