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Advantages and Challenges of Nuclear Energy

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VP of International Operations Accelerant Solutions

Mike provides leadership and executive management expertise for Accelerant Solutions. Under his leadership, Accelerant provides a wide variety of consulting services, performance improvement...

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Public education is still very much needed for the universal adoption of nuclear as a safe, reliable and carbon free base energy source. Accelerant is aware of the challenges facing the nuclear industry and is committed to doing our part to lower operating costs by creating and/or embracing new technologies and methodologies to make our clients more efficient and effective. #energy #nuclear #accelerant #innovation #carbonfootprint

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Matt Chester on Jun 4, 2021

What are the right strategies for that education, in your opinion? Is it about meeting people where their fears/concerns are? Pointing to data/science? Getting thought leaders in public positions on board to help spread the message? 

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Vince Bowen on Jun 8, 2021

Michael, I don't oppose educating people on the safety of nuclear reactors. I do think that the real fear of nuclear energy by the public is emotional. Logic is not highly effective when emotions are involved. I feel we need to engage with people who understand how to persuade the public using emotional cues. I know this stands against almost everything we've tried in the past and, if we keep approaching this emotion the same way, we are doing the same thing over and over again and expecting to get different results.

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Michael Cadden on Jun 10, 2021

Vince, I do believe that we have to win the 'hearts and minds' of the general public to be successful in the long run.  Sustained safe performance is the key.  The Fukushima disaster set us back decades in the eyes of the world as far as 'safety' is concerned.  It is interesting to me that the Tsunami killed tens of thousands of people but people still pay a premium to live near the water.  People do not fear water, but they fear the unknown (nuclear).  People like us sharing the benefits and safety of nuclear is key, as well as support from our government and some positive press.

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