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Title: The Fukushima nuclear disaster and its effects on media framing of fission and fusion energy technologies

Abstract

This paper presents results of a comparison of media coverage of fusion and fission energy technologies in three countries (Germany, Spain and Portugal) and in the English language international print media addressing transnational elite, from 2008 to 2012. The analysis showed that the accident in Fukushima in March 2010 did not have significant impact on media framing of nuclear fusion in the major part of print media under investigation. In fact, fusion is clearly dissociated from traditional nuclear (fission) energy and from nuclear accidents. It tends to be portrayed as a safe, clean and unlimited source of energy, although less credited when confronted with research costs, technological feasibility and the possibility to be achieved in a reasonable period of time. On the contrary, fission is portrayed as a hazardous source of energy, expensive when compared to research costs of renewables, hardly a long-term energy option, susceptible to contribute to the proliferation of nuclear weapons or rogue military use. Fukushima accident was consistently discussed in the context of safety problems of nuclear power plants and in many cases appeared not as an isolated event but rather as a reminder of previous nuclear disasters such as Three Miles Island and Chernobyl. (authors)

Authors:
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  1. Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Av. Prof. Anibal de Bettencourt, 9 1600-189 Lisbon (Portugal)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers - IEEE, 3 Park Avenue, 17th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10016-5997 (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
22531397
Report Number(s):
ANIMMA-2015-IO-351
TRN: US16V0362102338
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: ANIMMA 2015: 4. International Conference on Advancements in Nuclear Instrumentation Measurement Methods and their Applications, Lisboa (Portugal), 20-24 Apr 2015; Other Information: Country of input: France; 22 Refs.
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; 70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; CHERNOBYLSK-2 REACTOR; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; FISSION; FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI NUCLEAR POWER STATION; PORTUGAL; RADIATION ACCIDENTS; REACTOR ACCIDENTS; REACTOR SAFETY; SPAIN; THERMONUCLEAR REACTORS; THREE MILE ISLAND-1 REACTOR; THREE MILE ISLAND-2 REACTOR

Citation Formats

Schmidt, Luisa, Horta, Ana, Pereira, Sergio, and Delicado, Ana. The Fukushima nuclear disaster and its effects on media framing of fission and fusion energy technologies. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1109/ANIMMA.2015.7465637.
Schmidt, Luisa, Horta, Ana, Pereira, Sergio, & Delicado, Ana. The Fukushima nuclear disaster and its effects on media framing of fission and fusion energy technologies. United States. doi:10.1109/ANIMMA.2015.7465637.
Schmidt, Luisa, Horta, Ana, Pereira, Sergio, and Delicado, Ana. Wed . "The Fukushima nuclear disaster and its effects on media framing of fission and fusion energy technologies". United States. doi:10.1109/ANIMMA.2015.7465637.
@article{osti_22531397,
title = {The Fukushima nuclear disaster and its effects on media framing of fission and fusion energy technologies},
author = {Schmidt, Luisa and Horta, Ana and Pereira, Sergio and Delicado, Ana},
abstractNote = {This paper presents results of a comparison of media coverage of fusion and fission energy technologies in three countries (Germany, Spain and Portugal) and in the English language international print media addressing transnational elite, from 2008 to 2012. The analysis showed that the accident in Fukushima in March 2010 did not have significant impact on media framing of nuclear fusion in the major part of print media under investigation. In fact, fusion is clearly dissociated from traditional nuclear (fission) energy and from nuclear accidents. It tends to be portrayed as a safe, clean and unlimited source of energy, although less credited when confronted with research costs, technological feasibility and the possibility to be achieved in a reasonable period of time. On the contrary, fission is portrayed as a hazardous source of energy, expensive when compared to research costs of renewables, hardly a long-term energy option, susceptible to contribute to the proliferation of nuclear weapons or rogue military use. Fukushima accident was consistently discussed in the context of safety problems of nuclear power plants and in many cases appeared not as an isolated event but rather as a reminder of previous nuclear disasters such as Three Miles Island and Chernobyl. (authors)},
doi = {10.1109/ANIMMA.2015.7465637},
journal = {},
number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = {Wed Jul 01 00:00:00 EDT 2015},
month = {Wed Jul 01 00:00:00 EDT 2015}
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