Thursday, June 7, 2007

Article Claims Public Confusion on UK Nuclear Future

The Shielding In Place Enforcement Squad
According to an article I found today, the United Kingdom is wanting to blame waning support for a new generation of nuclear power plants on information overload confusing the populace. I would make a second the old adage says, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The NEI and the entire nuclear industry have spent hundreds of millions lobbying the government, and trotting out a public propaganda campaign of enormous proportions...having watched the NRC wrongfully relicense (rubber stamp) dangerous aging reactors here in America, waking up to the reality that the trillions of gallons of heated (105 degrees) and irradiated water being dumped into our lakes, rivers and the ocean, the world is beginning to wake up to the reality that NUCLEAR IS NOT GREEN, and that the nuclear industry is trying to pull a fast one on us as they attempt to further rape the world in the name of corporate profits.
It takes a village to raise a child, it takes a movement of millions of people to save communities from the dangers of playing host to a aging reactor waiting like a ticking time bomb to kill us all. Perhaps it is this reality that sees the NRC trying to rush through as many license renewal application as possible in as short a time as possible...they want to make it all too late when we finally do wake up to their lies.
Public confused over nuclear energy debate

By Rebecca Bream and Ed Crooks,dwp_uuid=34c8a8a6-2f7b-11da-8b51-00000e2511c8.htm

Published: June 7 2007 03:00 Last updated: June 7 2007 03:00

The debate over how to meet Britain's future energy needs has heightened confusion about nuclear power - reducing support for new reactors, research published yesterday suggests.

At 35 per cent, support for building new atomic power stations to replace those being phased out continues to outweigh opposition (29 per cent), but has fallen from 41 per cent in 2004.

Support for new reactors rose strongly between 2001 and 2005, according to the survey by Ipsos Mori. Opposition fell at the start of the decade, but has remained constant since 2004. The study found that rather than cross over to the "No" camp, more nuclear supporters are moving into the middle ground, and say they no longer know what to think.

Robert Knight, at Ipsos Mori, said the recent debate on the future of UK energy policy and whether to build new reactors had led to greater public confusion on the issue of nuclear power.

"It's a case of too much information introducing uncertainty," he said.

Opponents of new reactors cited nuclear waste disposal as the main cause for concern, followed by the dangers of radiation and the risk of nuclear accidents and terrorist attacks.

Supporters of new nuclear plants gave security of electricity supply and the need to cut carbon emissions as their main reasons.

Men tended to be more in favour of nuclear power, with 53 per cent backing new reactors, 23 per cent against and 24 per cent undecided. Only 27 per cent of women said they supported new reactors, with 35 per cent against and 38 per cent undecided.

The research found that one reason for confusion was a general lack of trust in politicians, the media and the nuclear industry.

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