European Public Opinion Swaying Towards Nuclear Power

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"More than any other power source, nuclear is very susceptible to public perception and the political process, but these results indicate that there is scope for nuclear policy positions to evolve in the future," said Datamonitor energy and utilities analyst David Niles.

European public opinion is leaning back in favour of nuclear power as worries over climate change increase, according to a report published today.

Independent market analyst Datamonitor has conducted research across Europe and found that more than 50 pct of the public believe that nuclear power as a proportion of all energy sources should be maintained or increased.

Despite the fact that moratoria are in place on new nuclear development in Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy and Sweden, Datamonitor said that public perception towards more development is positive in 14 EU countries.

"More than any other power source, nuclear is very susceptible to public perception and the political process, but these results indicate that there is scope for nuclear policy positions to evolve in the future," said Datamonitor energy and utilities analyst David Niles.

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