Most Koreans Want to Hold on to Nuclear Power

      September 14, 2021 12:02

      Seven out of 10 Koreans support the use of nuclear power or even building more reactors, a poll suggests.

      In the poll of 1,000 adults by EmBrain Public for the Korean Nuclear Society, 72.1 percent of respondents supported the use of nuclear power, nearly three times more than those the 24.3 percent who were against.

      Support for nuclear power was most fervent among young people in their 20s with those in their 20s with 76 percent and over 60 with 82.4 percent.

      Some 69.9 percent supported maintaining the country's current nuclear plants or even expanding them.

      Some 72.3 percent also believe nuclear power is safe, and 81.5 percent support resuming construction of a nuclear plant in Uljin, North Gyeongsang Province, which has been halted for more than four years due to the government's phase-out policy.

      Meanwhile, the KNS criticized the government's plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The plan envisions phasing out nuclear power with the goal of reducing the proportion of nuclear power generation from the current 25 percent to six or seven percent.

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