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Citizens’ preferences on nuclear and renewable energy sources: Evidence from Turkey

Pınar Ertör-Akyazı, Fikret Adaman, Begüm Özkaynak and Ünal Zenginobuz ()

Energy Policy, 2012, vol. 47, issue C, 309-320

Abstract: Based on data from a face-to-face survey of 2422 residents from urban Turkey, this paper presents an analysis of citizens’ preferences in Turkey on nuclear and renewable energy sources. Findings indicate that opposition to nuclear power was strong, and only a small number of respondents endorsed it by listing it in their top two choices. Conversely, almost two-thirds of the sample endorsed investment in renewable energy sources (such as wind and solar), and only a small minority was opposed to it. Econometric analyses revealed that knowledge of the climate change problem was a common factor that explained endorsement of both nuclear and renewables. Yet, high levels of concern for the environment and a negative perception regarding its future differentiated the endorsers of renewables from those of nuclear energy. Endorsers of nuclear energy were found to be males who were knowledgeable about climate change and engaged in environmental issues, but less concerned about the environment, and optimistic about its future. Nuclear opponents, on the other hand, were found to be concerned about the environment, pessimistic about its future, and not fully relying on technology.

Keywords: Energy preferences; Environmental conflicts; Environmental concern (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2012.04.072

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