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Nuclear Power Public Perceptions

  1. 1. Public Perceptions<br />Nuclear power<br />
  2. 2. Fukushima dai-ichi Nuclear power plant<br />March 11, 2011<br /><ul><li>8.9 magnitude earthquake devastated east coast of Japan
  3. 3. Followed by a crippling tsunami </li></ul>Caused:<br /><ul><li>Cut-off to off-site power
  4. 4. Flooded diesel generators that provide back-up power to plant’s cooling system
  5. 5. Explosions and near meltdown situation</li></li></ul><li>New nuclear power plants<br />Prior to Japan Disaster<br /><ul><li> 30 new nuclear reactors projected for U.S.
  6. 6. 28 license applications received by NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission)
  7. 7. 6 in Texas alone </li></li></ul><li>Quote from global ccs institute<br /> “ It’s useful to recall the response to past nuclear accidents. Following the Three Mile Island accident in Pennsylvania in 1979, a decades-long run of building nuclear plants in the U.S. stopped. New nuclear expansion stalled following the Chernobyl melt-down in Russia in 1986, as well. <br /> This time around, global reaction looks more nuanced, given heightened energy demand, global warming anxieties and huge ongoing commitments to nuclear in developing Asia. Europe and the US are both showing signs that further extensions of existing reactors may run into heightened opposition, and plans to build new facilities face higher hurdlers. If conditions continue to worsen in Japan, prospects for nuclear energy, particularly in Western democracies are likely to erode.”<br />
  8. 8. Objectives<br />View and understand changes of acceptance of nuclear power after Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant Disaster (Nationwide USA Today/Gallup Poll)<br />Review results of personal poll conducted concerning the expansion of nuclear power<br />Understand the changes made by the impact of Fukushima disaster (Personal Poll)<br />Use of data to provide the knowledge and acceptance of nuclear power in the United States<br />
  9. 9. Construction of new nuclear power plants in United states <br /> March 3-6, 2011<br />March 15, 2011<br />Poll conducted by: USA Today/Gallup<br />
  10. 10. Personal Survey<br />100 College Students, High School Students and General Public (Total: 300 Surveys)<br />Survey consisted of 5 questions<br />Do you think the United States should expand the use of nuclear power? If No, where should we get our power from?<br />Has the accident in Japan influenced your decision on how you answered number one?<br />Do you think the media covered the nuclear power plant disaster in Japan well enough for you/public to understand?<br />If the United States plans to continue building nuclear reactors for energy, do you think that you/public should be better informed and educated of the operations, risks, and overall safety?<br />What is the first thought that comes to mind when you think of nuclear power and the handling of radioactive material? <br />
  11. 11. Expansion of nuclear power<br />
  12. 12. Japan accident changed opinion<br />
  13. 13. Media understandable<br />
  14. 14. More information to public<br />
  15. 15. Changed outlook on Nuclear power<br /> College Students<br /><ul><li>16 out of 39 students changed their mind due to accident</li></ul>High School Students<br /><ul><li>35 out of 43 students changed their mind due to accident</li></ul>General Public<br /><ul><li>11 out of 23 people changed their mind due to accident </li></li></ul><li>Other sources of electricity<br />
  16. 16. Responses to First thoughts<br />73% Negative Responses<br />Cancer<br />Dangerous<br />Bombs<br />27% Positive Responses<br />Creation of Jobs<br />Safe<br />Cleaner Environment<br />
  17. 17. conclusions<br />All three categories, people are in favor of nuclear power<br />Those that said no, many of responses had changed from yes to no due to Japan accident<br />Media coverage was not sufficient enough <br />Public wants to be better informed of nuclear power<br />
  18. 18. Personal conclusion<br />An uninformed public causes fear!<br />Need more education on nuclear power<br />More expert information, better acceptance of nuclear power by public<br />Thank You<br />
  19. 19. Questions?<br />
  20. 20. References<br /><ul><li>http://www.gallup.com/poll/146660/Disaster-Japan-Raises-Nuclear-Concerns.aspx
  21. 21. http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/new-reactors/col.html
  22. 22. http://www.globalccsinstitute.com/community
  23. 23. 100 College Students
  24. 24. 100 High School Students
  25. 25. 100 of the General Public</li>

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