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Who has become more open to nuclear power because of climate change?

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  • Heather Truelove

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    Even in the face of the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, nuclear power is being promoted in the U.S. as a necessary response to global climate change. Conducted prior to the Fukushima accident, the present study used a nation-wide telephone survey of 2751 U.S. residents to assess the factors that influence whether a person has become more open to nuclear power because of global climate change rather than supportive or opposed to nuclear power. Results showed that belief that climate change is a risk and is human-caused, belief that nuclear energy contributes to climate change, environmental support, cultural worldviews, and selected socio-demographics consistently predicted openness to nuclear power because of climate change. Implications of the current results and avenues for additional research on this topic are discussed. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2013

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Climatic Change.

    Volume (Year): 116 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 2 (January)
    Pages: 389-409

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:climat:v:116:y:2013:i:2:p:389-409

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