Global research firm TNS announced today survey results showing growing public support for nuclear power in the United Arab Emirates.
The poll revealed a sharp increase in support for nuclear energy, from 66 percent a year ago to 82 percent today. According to TNS, Emiratis associated nuclear energy in the UAE with phrases like “better power supply” and “cost-effective.” The study also indicated an increased awareness of nuclear power in the UAE, up 13 percent from 2011.
The survey results will be a boon for the UAE’s nascent nuclear energy program, which is committed to building four nuclear plants by 2020 as the emirates seek to diversify their energy mix away from a heavy reliance on natural gas and oil, which are needed for export.
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