Physics in Canada / La Physique au Canada - 2011 (67.4)

Are there options for better, cleaner, safer nuclear power?

Jeremy Whitlock
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited

People are only safe when they feel safe, and the public ultimately gives the go-ahead to build and utilize energy infrastructure.  This “social licence” is typically judged not upon the latest technical evaluation or the latest product description, but upon a lifetime of experiences, biases, memes, and emotions.  Given this reality, is there a future for nuclear power?