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Nuclear power, climate change and energy security: Exploring British public attitudes

Corner, Adam J., Venables, Daniel, Spence, Alexa, Poortinga, Wouter, Demski, Christina C. and Pidgeon, Nicholas Frank 2011. Nuclear power, climate change and energy security: Exploring British public attitudes. Energy Policy 39 (9) , pp. 4823-4833. 10.1016/j.enpol.2011.06.037

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Abstract

Public attitudes towards nuclear power in the UK have historically been deeply divided, but as concern about climate change and energy security has exerted an increasing influence on British energy policy, nuclear power has been reframed as a low-carbon technology. Previous research has suggested that a significant proportion of people may ‘reluctantly accept’ nuclear power as a means of addressing the greater threat of climate change. Drawing on the results of a national British survey (n=1822), the current study found that attitudes towards nuclear remain divided, with only a minority expressing unconditional acceptance. In general, people who expressed greater concern about climate change and energy security and possessed higher environmental values were less likely to favour nuclear power. However, when nuclear power was given an explicit ‘reluctant acceptance’ framing – allowing people to express their dislike for nuclear power alongside their conditional support – concerns about climate change and energy security became positive predictors of support for nuclear power. These findings suggest that concern about climate change and energy security will only increase acceptance of nuclear power under limited circumstances—specifically once other (preferred) options have been exhausted.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords: Climate change; Energy security; Nuclear power
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0301-4215
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:34
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/11294

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