As the paper's authors point out, "The public perception of nuclear power has changed and continues to change. Once viewed as a miracle of modern technology, nuclear power came to be perceived by many as a potential catastrophe; now it is viewed as a potential, albeit potentially still dangerous, source of green power." This evolving interaction between public perception and energy policies is just one of the potential game changers discussed in the new paper.
The paper was authored by Kate Marvel and Michael May. Marvel is the William J. Perry Fellow in Science and International Security at CISAC. May is Professor Emeritus (Research) in the School of Engineering at Stanford University, where he is also a Senior Fellow with the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. They predict that over the next 50 years, growth of nuclear power "will be very strong in China and India, significant in Japan, South Korea, and Russia, and sluggish in the United States and Western Europe."
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