Report: “Global public sentiment is still vehemently anti-nuclear” — “Extreme public resistance” in Japan, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland…

Published: August 8th, 2012 at 3:32 pm ET


Title: Safety and technology advances not easing nuclear anxiety
Source: ESI Africa
Date: August 7, 2012


global public sentiment is still vehemently anti-nuclear.

Countries including Japan, Italy, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland have all experienced extreme public resistance and policy changes regarding nuclear power, with the latter three nations opting to completely end production by 2034.

Prior to the Fukishima catastrophe, Japan had ambitious plans to construct nine new reactors by 2020, and another five by 2030. Japan will continue to use nuclear power as part of its energy mix, but the shock of 2011 compounded by the following public backlash has forced the government to rethink its plans.


Published: August 8th, 2012 at 3:32 pm ET


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17 comments to Report: “Global public sentiment is still vehemently anti-nuclear” — “Extreme public resistance” in Japan, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland…

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    They forgot India on the list!
    And Germany will phase out nuclear until 2022, not 2034….
    I'll feel better once UK joins in – but we got the Sue/arclight team on that one, so no worries! 🙂
    Who takes on France?

    Saikado hantai!

    • arclight arclight

      not long now bnb 🙂
      if they are hacking (see belgium post)
      they are cracking,,

      it`ll be weeks not months..

      and they are planning to frack the planet with some future tech today???

    • @BreadAndButter
      August 8, 2012 at 4:23 pm
      Right you are indeed. The resistance is very very intense but LATENT! Because once you are on the street you are hauled up!
      The fascists led by Dr M rule with the iron fist. But they will not commit suicide and hence at some point they have to quit. The dreary darkness engulfing the north on 30 July and 31 July made them crack up. And they must see the dangers of windmills, poor monsoon, huge coal fired power and sitting ducks nukes as far as the dark ages are concerned. Nukes want coolth and they will not get it! Wait and see a Fuku in India. Its not very far. Even without a Fukushame we will see millions of infants or even a billion by synergism of radionukes and other chems die due to Fukushima 3/11/11.

      • @Ramaswami Kumar
        August 9, 2012 at 4:42 am
        But see how India Government treats its own citizens:
        NDTV report of August 6, 2012:
        "If they secretly sign an agreement with Russians and do not want to show it to their own people, who are they being loyal to? Isn't this a seditious crime," PMANE questioned.
        This is in connection with the secret InterGovernmental Agreement India Govt signed with Russians. See the full ndtv report at:
        Since the Government of India did not share the IGA with the people, they are now sending a terse post card to the Russians to share the agreement copy with the Indian people!
        Today is Fat man nagasaki Plutonium Bomb day.Look we are frozen at Nagasaki as far as bombs or nuke power go.

  • arclight arclight

    like the way it started

    "..Advances in reactor technology are making the generation of nuclear power safer than ever before and driving uptake in emerging countries, but the widespread suspicion of this power source shows no signs of abating…"

    isnt subsidised nuclear the reason? and nuclear proliferation.. ??

    "..hale gas can play an important role in energy production, energy minister Dipuo Peters said in March this year. The government is “cognisant of the controversies associated with shale-gas extraction processes such as ground water and soil contamination, however with ongoing developments I am confident that these challenges will in the not-so-far future come to pass,” she said…"

    hmmm? "..ongoing developments.."

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Reactors are unpredictable and some of us want to live.

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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Vehemently anti-nuclear..

  • An educated public is key. You know, back in the day, you could use drunk driving as a defence. "Sorry yer honor, I was drunk and didn't notice that school girl crossing the road"…… lots of people were dying due to drunk drivers and those drunk drivers were not going to jail or even losing their driving priveleges. But, a group of Mothers got together and now, drunk driving carries severe penalties. Up here in Vancouver, the bars and taverns are dead as nobody wants to drink and drive anymore. Smoking another one. Airplanes restaurants bars, even out door patios you can't smoke. Its even getting that way in Europe. You cant smoke in a car with children inside, here in bc.

    So too with nuclear. In europe and japan they are focussing on health issues. But in North America, on pure economic argument alone nuclear is going to be dead. Just we all have to be involved even if it is just a friendly argument at a cocktail party, education is key in dismantling this deadly nuclear boondoggle.

  • arclight arclight

    uk resistance too!

    london uk radiation alert 15/5/2012

  • arclight arclight

    london olympic radioactive rain and Prof C Busby says enough is enough! 6 august 2012

    uk resistance and euro resistance!!
    saiato hantai!!

  • VyseLegendaire VyseLegendaire

    Who controls whom? The people vs the government. What a conundrum we've got ourselves into.

    • aigeezer aigeezer

      An aphorism attributed to Voltaire goes something like "To find out who controls you, discover who you are not allowed to criticize."

      Various players fit that model in contemporary life, but one category that doesn't get much attention cannot be criticized because you can't find out who they are or what they do: Tepco employees with faces blurred out or no sound track in videos, anonymous civil servants who make life/death policy decisions, "secret police" agents of various flavors, the entire nuke industry that operates in massive secrecy "to protect us", on and on…. It's a modern twist to an old theme.

      The t-word bugaboo allows anything to be declared secret (forever), and you can't criticize what you can't get knowledge of. Those who make the secret world control whatever they choose to control.

      Voltaire (over 200 years ago):

      "In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another."

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    The information is all around us and all you have to do is compile this information to see the big picture unfolding. We are exterminating our planet!

    Radiation contamination settles out sporadically everywhere around the world and where ever it settles and when its fallout location can be confirmed, there exists very high rates of cancer.

    Research studies are being done in countries with high rates of cancer and these studies look at cooking, food, life styles, etc., while they ignore the glaring obvious invisible problem!

    Man made invisible radiation contamination is now falling all over everything these people and countries touch, eat, drink and breath. The gathered statistics do not lie and are easily understood.

    Here is one for Japan! The Japanese used to be the healthiest people on the planet! Not anymore!

    Follow the yearly increase patterns after the initial bombing in 1945 per 100,000 persons.

    Weep for our planet! Shut them down! Shut them all down!

  • arclight arclight

    Expert sparks nuclear fears of European meltdown after Belgium shuts reactor (VIDEO)

    “..An international nuclear expert has set alarm bells ringing after Belgium shut down a reactor where anomalies including possible cracks were found.

    The scare at the site, north of Antwerp, has prompted a warning from specialist Mycle Schneider. He claims inspections did not work and that this sort of fault can cause a nuclear explosion..”

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Nuclear plants are only 15% of the world's electricity (what a joke) and their meltdown is spraying cesium on "all" our crops, which tears up your insides. And your child's insides. Lets change this. Now.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    maybe the public opposition has something to do with things like these?

    Radioactive Xenon Gas; Dangerous And Lung Cancer Causing Isotope; via A Green Road

    Depleted Uranium Effects In The Human Body; via A Green Road