Corner, A., Venables, D., Spence, A., Poortinga, W., Demski, C. & Pidgeon, N. (2011). Nuclear power, climate change and energy security: Exploring British public attitudes. Energy Policy 39, 4823-4833.
Public attitudes towards nuclear power in the UK have historically been deeply divided, but as concern about climate change and energy security has exerted an increasing inﬂuence on British energy policy, nuclear power has been reframed as a low-carbon technology. Previous research has suggested that a signiﬁcant proportion of people may ‘reluctantly accept’ nuclear power as a means of addressing the greater threat of climate change. Drawing on the results of a national British survey (n ¼ 1822), the current study found that attitudes towards nuclear remain divided, with only a minority expressing unconditional acceptance. In general, people who expressed greater concern about climate change and energy security and possessed higher environmental values were less likely to favour nuclear power. However, when nuclear power was given an explicit ‘reluctant acceptance’ framing – allowing people to express their dislike for nuclear power alongside their conditional support – concerns about climate change and energy security became positive predictors of support for nuclear power. These ﬁndings suggest that concern about climate change and energy security will only increase acceptance of nuclear power under limited circumstances—speciﬁcally once other (preferred) options have been exhausted.
; Demski, C
; Pidgeon, N
; Poortinga, W
; Spence, A
; Venables, D
(2011). Nuclear power, climate change and energy security: Exploring British public attitudes. Energy Policy
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