Nuclear Development

Nuclear Energy Agency

1990-066X (online)
1990-0678 (print)
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A series of publications from the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency on various aspects of nuclear development. The publications in this series provide authoritative, reliable information on nuclear technologies, economics, strategies and resources to governments for use in policy analyses and decision making.

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Public Attitudes to Nuclear Power

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22 Mar 2010
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Public attitudes to nuclear power are critical in shaping nuclear policies in OECD/NEA countries and the latter will only be able to make use of this energy source if a well-informed public considers that its benefits outweigh its risks. This report provides a number of insights into public attitudes towards nuclear power. Support for nuclear energy is generally correlated with the level of experience of and knowledge about nuclear power. Interestingly, while the public is generally aware of the contribution of nuclear power to ensuring security of energy supply, its potential contribution to combating climate change is less well recognised. Solving the waste disposal issue would also significantly increase the level of public support. Furthermore, OECD/NEA governments may wish to reflect carefully on how to react to these results as, according to the surveys, they are the least trusted source on energy issues, far behind regulators, non-governmental organisations and scientists.
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Table of Contents

Key Issues Summary for Policy Makers
Executive Summary
1. Background
2. Results from International Polls
-Eurobarometer studies
-IAEA polls - Public opinion around the world on nuclear issues
-Socio-demographic matter
-International polls - general issues
3. Time Trends in National Public Opinion Polls
4. Impacts of Nuclear Events on Public Opinion
5. Trust Building through Stakeholder Involvement
6. Communication and Public Understanding
7. Conclusions
List of Figures
1. What do you expect to be the top three energy soueces in 30 years?
2. The advantages of nuclear power outweigh the risks it poses
3. Level ofpersonal experience and perception of risk
4. Level of knowledge and perception of risk
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