A new Angus Reid poll shows that the majority of Canadians are not ready for increased nuclear activity, particularly those who are younger:
[R]espondents aged 18 to 34 are not so keen on Canada building new nuclear reactors (40%
want them, compared to over half of older respondents). Younger Canadians are also more likely than others to urge the government to focus on developing alternative sources of energy (49% agree with this view, compared to less than 39% for Canadians 35 and older).
Though 50 per cent of all those responding favour building more nuclear power stations in Canada a mere 19 per cent “express strong support” which suggests there may be a tug-of-war about wanting to do something about global warming and the climate change crisis, but fearing the unproven and deadly nuclear technology.
I’m not surprised that men like nukes more than women:
Male respondents (56%) are also more prone to believe that Canada should increase its nuclear industry than females (29%). Men are less worried than women about all the risks posed by nuclear power.
Safety concerns are huge:
At least three-in-four worry about nuclear waste management and health risks for communities living close to a reactor
The vast majority of respondents have reservations about the risks that nuclear energy might pose.
And so they should. So. They. Should.
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