That’s roughly how many French had toured their country’s 58 nuclear plants at the time we aired this report. In fact, over the decades it’s become a popular outing, filled with kids, families and friends.
So VIEW here an intriguing little clip on why those French really like nuclear! As usual, a bunch of unique cultural characteristics go into explaining their longtime trust in this technology.
But now — it’s “Trust But Verify” following Japan’s nuclear crisis. Yesterday, the French government said it’s taking a second look at risks and safety measures at its nuclear facilities — for nature can indeed unleash simultaneously more than one catastrophic event.
And … why not check out our 1997 report, “Nuclear Reaction: Why Do Americans Fear Nuclear Power?” What a reaction we got to that one.
The report took on the anti-nuclear power industry. Richard Rhodes, author of The Making of the Atom Bomb, along with scientists and engineers, make a provocative case that nuclear energy — at the time being abandoned by the United States following Three Mile Island — is safer, cleaner and more efficient than coal, oil and natural gas.