Polls reveal public opinion in nuclear versus renewables debate
1 September 2006
Two recent opinion polls reveal current thinking on the nuclear/renewables debate in France. Both were taken in the context of a public debate over the new European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) to be built in Flamanville, northern France, in 2012. The first poll, commissioned by the government, reveals that 45% of the population is in favour of nuclear powered electricity production and 42% opposed. The main advantages cited are security of supply, cheaper and more stable electricity prices and no greenhouse gas emissions. But concern is growing over nuclear waste, with 79% of opponents and 72% of supporters worried about the impact on future generations. The second poll was conducted in the Flamanville area on behalf of the anti-nuclear groups Agir pour l'Environnement and Greenpeace. It reveals that 84% of respondents are in favour of renewables and less than 31% wish to see more nuclear power. Some 80% consider nuclear a risky technology, while 54% find it unacceptable to invest EUR 3 billion in constructing a new nuclear power station. The majority (80%) felt the issue should be put to a referendum. Agir pour l'Environnement and Greenpeace are calling on the government to suspend the EPR project.
Have you registered with us yet?
Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins.