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Do you want nuclear energy? This poll says yes…

 

Support for the nuclear energy has plummeted since the Japanese power plant Fukushima suffered a series of meltdowns in March 2011 – the largest scale nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.

But according to a new poll public support has retruned, with 63% of those asked agreeing that nuclear power should play a role in their energy supplier’s fuel mix.

It also showed only 59% of Britons were interested in the climate change, a sharp decrease from 72% just four years ago.

The poll of over 4000 people was carried out by YouGov and commissioned by EDF Energy, one of the only energy suppliers to source the majority of its power from nuclear.

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Commenting on the findings, EDF Energy’s chief executive Vincent de Rivaz, said:

“Public support is vital to addressing Britain’s energy challenges. Nuclear and renewables are both needed to fill the energy gap and meet the country’s carbon reduction targets. While the decline in interest on climate change is worrying, the issue remains and needs to be addressed.

“The survey also shows welcome support for the Government’s energy market reforms. These reforms are crucial to delivering the investment needs in future low carbon generation – and it’s important that they are delivered early next year.”

EDF Energy is currently in the final stages of deciding whether or not it should increase its investment in nuclear power. It is also building a new station in Sizewell, Suffolk. Both projects combined would generate enough energy to power ten million homes.

The findings

EDF’s poll found that:

63% of Britons back the use of nuclear energy as part of the UK’s energy mix

22% are opposed to the building of nuclear plants – the lowest level since 2008 and down from 30%

–  27% of those asked had unfavourable opinions on nuclear, down from 34%

–  58% of people support wind power over  nuclear, gas or coal, while 18% were not in favour

–  However, support for wind power was down from 75% in 2008

What do you think?

Leave your comment below and let us know if you think that nuclear is the way forward for the UK’s future energy sources.

 

 

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  • Anne McLaren

    I cannot believe that people are seriously accepting of nuclear power as a realistic answer to our energy crisis, especially after the Fukushima disaster last year. When will we learn that it is not a safe option?

  • r shapland

    we have had sizewell for years if i can live near a nuclear power station with
    if the maintenance is kept up to scratch every thing should be ok no worry

  • Steve Lee

    Nuclear has always been the way to go. Successive British Governments have failed to take a lead on this. I don’t want to see this country cluttered with windmills!

  • Sidney Francis

    Nuclear power has to be the way forward for the bulk of our power in the near future. I dont want to live in a country covered end-to-end in wind turbines.They only work when the wind blows, and what they produce is very expensive both in money and their environmental impact.
    I think there may be more future in wave and tidal power, which are likely to be more reliable and could at least be hidden.

  • T Edwards

    Only finland ,at vast expense has implemented a way of dealing with waste from
    Nuclear. Wave power has to be the answere for the U.K. little is spent on
    this while a billion is spent developing the power supply for the
    obscenity of new Trident submarines, sheer lunacy

  • vaughan james

    it has to me nuclear every time as long as they maintain them all is fine and they dont build them at sea level.
    also anything has to be better than those awful windmills

  • Anne Greulich

    I think the poll MUST be rigged, I personally don’t know anyone who wants nuclear energy here!!!
    WHO did they poll?
    I really do wonder whether the persons making these positive comments for nuclear energy have some sort of vested interest?

  • Anthony Kidman

    Nuclear is entirely safe, or would be much safer, if decisions were made by Engineers rather than accountants, managers or politicians, all of whom believe that ignorance of any technical topic shows that they have a superior intellect. We can only live in hope! Perhaps the recent banking crisis, etc. will start a revolution in thinking and lead to the replacement of the cowboys by people with a greater sense of responsiblity and a long-term perspective.
    To technicalities: Nuclear power is most efficient when operating at steady, high levels of power, so is best suited to carrying the base load. “Intermittent” sources like wind and wave can contribute above the base load but need a variable alternative source to provide when they are not adding enough. The most likely form is gas. Tidal power is another source and has a reliable cycle (twice per day approximately) but is still intermittent, so we will need fossil fuels for the forseeable future. What we could do is greatly to reduce our dependence on them with a nuclear build programme, to serve until fusion power becomes available, if ever. Of course, a massive programme of insulation and other improvements to raise the quality of the UK housing stock, and another to fit solar panels, solar tile and/or solar collectors would help reduce both our energy bills and our need to generate so much power.

  • Del Brown

    Nuclear power has to be the way forward for the bulk of our power in the near future. I dont want to live in a country covered end-to-end in wind turbines.They only work when the wind blows, and what they produce is very expensive both in money and their environmental impact.
    I think there may be more future in wave and tidal power, which are likely to be more reliable and could at least be hidden

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