On NPR today Dr. Robert DuPont, a psychiatrist at Georgetown media school specializing in the study and treatment of fear, discussed with Renee Montagne about why perceptions of nuclear power are so different compared to other sources of power. Describing why the tendency for reaction in the United States has been disproportionate with the actual circumstances or in comparison to incidents of other energy sources, Dr. DuPont says that is because people are not familiar with nuclear energy and this lack of understand drives the fear. Comparing to the positive nuclear energy acceptance levels in France, he explains that it has much more to do with the transparency, by providing visits to the reactors and making people familiar with the technology that helps with the fear.
Listen to the piece on NPR.
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