Uranium and nuclear energy have been benefiting from renewed attention in Canada, and around the world, as one solution to environmental and energy supply concerns.
Used as a nuclear fuel, Uranium is an emissions-free source of energy, which makes it safe for the environment in comparison to other fuels. Canada has the world’s richest uranium deposits in northern Saskatchewan and has long been a world leader in Uranium technology.
But what do Canadians, on a whole, think about nuclear energy?
A recent research report prepared by Ipsos-Reid for the Canadian Nuclear Association, outlines Canadians’ current attitudes towards the environment, energy supply and a nuclear solution.
The report shows that Canadian concerns about future energy supply are becoming widespread, in tandem with environmental concerns:
Only 37% of Canadians believe that conservation efforts on their own will be enough to offset growing demand
Only 54% of Canadians believe that there is enough electricity supply in their province to meet future needs
There is overwhelming support for more government commitment to non-CO2 producing energy sources (93%)
While Canadians continue to have some basic concerns about nuclear energy, there is a significant majority of Canadians who believe that:
- nuclear energy is reliable (68%)
- nuclear power plants in Canada are safe (61%)
- nuclear will always be an important part of our future energy mix (60%)
The number one benefit associated with nuclear power, according to Canadians, is that it is less harmful to the environment, clean and pollution-free.
While Canadians don’t perceive nuclear energy as the only answer to dealing with environmental concerns, they do see it as one important part of the equation.