Public resistance to nuclear power highlighted

UN survey in 18 countries shows opposition to new plants, small effect of climate benefits argument

Most citizens in 18 countries around the world oppose construction of new nuclear power stations, according to a survey by the International atomic energy agency. Stressing the climate benefits of nuclear makes only one in ten people more supportive, it also found. Some 18,000 people were interviewed between May and August, including in the European countries Germany, France, UK and Hungary. The findings "raise questions as to whether the nuclear industry and politicians have sufficiently raised public confidence in the safety and efficiency of the nuclear option", the agency commented. See press release.

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