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Nuclear power and public opinion

Abstract

The diversity of factors involved in nuclear power development and the complexity of public attitudes towards this source of energy have raised the nuclear debate to a topic of national significance in all the OECD countries with nuclear programmes and even in some countries which have not embarked on the nuclear course. This study examines the different experiences of seventeen member countries and underlines basic approaches and practices aimed at winning greater public acceptance for nuclear power. The first part of the study is a country-by-country presentation of public acceptance activities and the role of the various public or private bodies involved. There is also a description of the background energy situation and the place of nuclear power, the evolution of the nuclear debate and a review of present public and political attitudes to nuclear energy. In the second part, some of the notable factors which determine public attitudes to, and perception of, nuclear energy have been assembled. The study points, in particular, to a number of general principles which require continuous implementation, not least because they contribute to placing nuclear energy in its proper context for the public. Vigorous government leadership in making energy choices, long term efforts in  More>>
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Publication Date:
Jan 01, 1984
Product Type:
Book
Reference Number:
AIX-16-027767; EDB-85-062933
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Also published in French
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; NUCLEAR POWER; PUBLIC OPINION; AUSTRIA; BELGIUM; CANADA; DENMARK; FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY; FINLAND; FRANCE; ITALY; JAPAN; NETHERLANDS; PORTUGAL; SPAIN; SWEDEN; SWITZERLAND; TURKEY; UNITED KINGDOM; USA; ASIA; DEVELOPING COUNTRIES; EUROPE; MIDDLE EAST; NORTH AMERICA; POWER; SCANDINAVIA; WESTERN EUROPE; 290600* - Energy Planning & Policy- Nuclear Energy
OSTI ID:
5931447
Country of Origin:
NEA
Language:
English
Submitting Site:
INIS
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Pages: 119
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title = {Nuclear power and public opinion}
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abstractNote = {The diversity of factors involved in nuclear power development and the complexity of public attitudes towards this source of energy have raised the nuclear debate to a topic of national significance in all the OECD countries with nuclear programmes and even in some countries which have not embarked on the nuclear course. This study examines the different experiences of seventeen member countries and underlines basic approaches and practices aimed at winning greater public acceptance for nuclear power. The first part of the study is a country-by-country presentation of public acceptance activities and the role of the various public or private bodies involved. There is also a description of the background energy situation and the place of nuclear power, the evolution of the nuclear debate and a review of present public and political attitudes to nuclear energy. In the second part, some of the notable factors which determine public attitudes to, and perception of, nuclear energy have been assembled. The study points, in particular, to a number of general principles which require continuous implementation, not least because they contribute to placing nuclear energy in its proper context for the public. Vigorous government leadership in making energy choices, long term efforts in energy education, and open information policies can go a long way towards resolving many doubts about nuclear energy in the public mind. But, perhaps, above all, it is the continuing demonstration of the safe and efficient industrial operation of plants in the nuclear fuel cycle which will have the strongest influence on public opinion. In addition to these basic principles, the study calls attention to some of the most successful means of improving communication between the authorities and the public, notably at the local level. The contribution to the decision-making process of public participation is also evaluated in the light of recent national experiences.}
place = {NEA}
year = {1984}
month = {Jan}
}