As U.S. policymakers consider how to tackle the challenge of greenhouse-gas constraints, the U.K.’s approach to the problem offers instructive examples.
Facing Nuclear Fear
Renewing public support after Fukushima Daiichi.
the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. However, the fundamental drivers for new nuclear construction remain strong, and the nuclear renaissance can resume in the future—but only if it’s supported with public awareness of the truth about nuclear power, its comparative risks, and America’s need for more secure and environmentally friendly energy resources.
The nuclear industry bears an important responsibility for alleviating the fear of nuclear energy and creating a bridge to public understanding and acceptance.
1. Gallup poll, 3/22/2011.
2. CBS poll, 3/15/2011.
3. Quinnipiac University, March 22 through 28, 2011.
4. Harris poll, March 23 through 25, 2011.
5. National Surveys by Cambridge Reports for NEI, 1,500 adults.
6. Robert L. DuPont, “ Understanding the Fear of Nuclear Power: An Example of the Contemporary Fear of Technology ,” presented at the Council of Scientific Society Presidents, Washington, D.C., December 3, 1985.
7. Chernobyl’s Legacy: Health, Environmental and Socio-Economic Impacts, The Chernobyl Forum, p. 36.
9. “ Minister’s Gaffe Hits Japan ,” Wall Street Journal, Sept. 12, 2011.
10. “ US nuclear groups band together for Fukushima response ,” Nuclear Engineering International, June 14, 2011.
11. “ Fear Stokes Discussions on Nuclear Plants ,” Morning Edition, National Public Radio, March 22, 2011.