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American support for nuclear power hits record high in 2024

Bisconti Research found that 77 per cent of 3.5 million survey participants were in favour of atomic energy

American support for nuclear power hits record high in 2024
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More than three quarters of American citizens now support nuclear power, a recent study found. The percentage of those in favour has been steadily rising since the 1980s, Washington DC’s Bisconti Research says.

The research firm’s National Nuclear Energy Public Opinion Survey was conducted over the course of three days at the end of April and beginning of May. A total of 3.5 million Americans were surveyed.

Specifically, it found that 77 per cent of the group were either strongly or somewhat in favour of atomic energy in the nation while only 23 per cent were not.

“A large majority of all demographic groups favour nuclear energy,” Bisconti said in the report. “That is a sea change from four decades ago, when the public was about evenly divided between those who favoured it and those who were opposed.”

An even greater number, 88 per cent, think domestic nuclear plants should have their operating license renewed when it expires if they are keeping up with federal safety standards. Meanwhile, 71 per cent believe more power stations are necessary.

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Firm founded by renowned nuclear expert

Ann Bisconti founded her analytics firm in 1996. Prior to that, she held a prominent research and communications position with the Nuclear Energy Institute.

That organization, headquartered in the U.S. capital, focuses on developing regulatory and legislative policies for the industry.

She received an award from the American Nuclear Society in 2019 for her contributions to the industry in the realms of public opinion and communications. Bisconti currently teaches at the World Nuclear University, headquartered in London.

American support for nuclear power hits record high in 2024

Bisconti is presented with the Walter Henry Zinn medal five years ago. Photo credit: Bisconti Research

Positive public opinion one of many factors propelling U.S. nuclear

Others include a major uranium supply deficit forecasted in the coming years, the commodity’s current high value and environmental initiatives by global governments.

In Canada, companies like ATHA Energy Corp. (TSX-V: SASK) (OTCQB: SASKF) (FRA: X5U), NexGen Energy Ltd. (TSX: NXE) and IsoEnergy Ltd. (TSX-V: ISO) have been identifying and developing new uranium deposits to help mend the impending supply shortage.

The U.S. will implement a ban on the vast majority of Russian uranium imports beginning in August too, thereby escalating national demand and shipments imported from Canada.


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