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Report: Worries over nuclear power waning worldwide

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Concerns over the safety and viability of nuclear power, which spiked in the weeks and months after the meltdown at Fukushima, have largely leveled off on the whole worldwide, according to the 2013 World Energy Issues Monitor from the World Energy Council. The report gathers survey data from energy experts, CEOs and leaders in government from 90 countries around the world.

The nuclear renaissance, the report says, has slowed significantly, but uncertainty about the viability of nuclear power has largely fallen back to pre-Fukushima levels. The report highlights the retreat from plans to eliminate nuclear power in Japan, China’s abandonment of 2nd generation nuclear plants in favor of 3rd generation plants, and the newfound bullishness on nuclear power from countries including the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Uneasiness about the future of nuclear power is highest in Germany, where efforts to eliminate the power source are ongoing; in the United States, where cheap shale gas undermines the economic case for nuclear power; and France and South Korea, where both countries are engaged in active discussions about the right share of nuclear power in their respective energy mixes.

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