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Re: [cdn-nucl-l] Pembroke Observer: Feds making plans for isotopesupply
Stewart Peterson wrote:
> Get to young people. Get online, with a lot of intuitive
> information--today's young people are very tech-savvy. Use diagrams,
> animations, and video--appropriately--to complement the message, which
> must use the bells and whistles, not the other way around. Cut down on
> jargon and math. Make sound bites. Figure out what people think now,
> what you need to do to get them to real understanding, and tell a
> story that creates enough constructive cognitive dissonance that
> people draw the conclusion we want on their own; this of course
> makes their opinion much stronger than just telling them the right
> answer. Learn power structure analysis, sociology, and organizing.
> Raise some hell!
I think the most important factor influencing public opinion is the
safety record of the nuclear industry. If the industry continues to
accumulate years of operation without accidents, then public opinion
will swing over to favour nuclear power. If there are more serious
accidents then one can discuss the matter till dawn and it won't do any
good - people will reject this technology. Safety is the core issue.
The problem with safety is that it is boring. Watching a plant where
nothing is happening to make sure nothing happens just drives workers
crazy. The solution for this problem is automation - put more sensors
in nuclear plants and let the computers watch for problems. The nuclear
industry has been very resistant toward such new technology. This has
got to change.
So, to change public opinion we need a long period of safety. To do the
boring work needed to accumulate this safety data we need automation.
To introduce that automation the management has to wake up and lead.
I have been encouraged by what I have read about "Smart CANDU". It
seems that AECL is making some attempts to use automation aggressively
for plant operations. I think this is the right approach.
Randal Leavitt - another Ubuntu user