The Lessons of Chernobyl and Fukushima: An Ethical Evaluation


A secure energy supply is not solely a technological or economic matter but a political and ethical question. This is especially true for nuclear energy, which opens up a Pandora’s box of questions related to long-term investments, path dependencies, and different kinds of risks. Thus, the problem of energy supply cannot be solved by the free market alone; it requires ethical reflection and public dialogue. After Chernobyl and Fukushima, there is a pressing need for a reassessment of the potentials and risks of our energy supplies. The aim of this article is to provide an ethical assessment of current events and trends by introducing some thoughts from a Christian, socio-ethical point of view.