Americans snub nuclear

The power source isn’t as popular as it used to be

Since the earthquake, tsunami and ensuing nuclear disaster in Japan earlier this month, Americans’ opinions about nuclear-power plants seem to have changed. A recent Zogby poll (which mirrored a poll taken in 2008) asked respondents what kind of power plant they would support being built in their community today.

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Energy source March 2011 May 2008 Natural gas 45% 26% Nuclear 28% 44% Coal 8% 8% Oil 2% 1% Not sure 17% 22%

Source: IBOPE Zogby International