Thursday, December 15, 2005

Most people don't want new nukes

A survey conducted in 18 countries showed 62 percent of around 18,000 respondents [makes a change from the usual survey sample base of 500] said existing nuclear facilities should continue to be used but 59 percent were opposed to building new plants.

It was commissioned by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is charged with promoting nuclear energy.

The countries surveyed included the world's richest nations, such as the United States, Britain, France, and Japan, and less developed states like Cameroon, Jordan, Morocco and Indonesia.

It did not, however, include Austria, a staunch opponent of nuclear power. The IAEA is based there. Funny that they don't have friends in their home area.

Greenpeace said the survey's results showed people thought nuclear energy dangerous.

"It shows that no matter how much money the industry tries to throw at this, the majority still believe that nuclear is dirty, decrepit and dangerous," Greenpeace nuclear analyst William Peden told Reuters.

The Low Carbon Kid thinks this is a cheap shot. Decrepit - shurely shome mishtake?

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