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Is fear behind decisions about nuclear power?

from Futurity

To quantify how much fear is a factor in decisions around nuclear power, researchers asked a sample of more than 1,200 U.S. respondents to build their own power generation portfolio, aimed at cutting CO2 emissions. The researchers split respondents into two groups: they showed half of the sample the power sources they could choose from by label (solar, natural gas, nuclear, etc.), while they showed the other half how much environmental and accidental risk the technology posed. Crucially, the researchers showed all respondents information about the number of deaths that had historically occurred in the worst accident associated with the technology. This is important for nuclear power, since accidents are rare but can have dire consequences if they do occur. more


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