The Doughnut Effect
The data presented in Chapters 5 and 6 indicate a strong aversion to living near a high-level waste repository. On the other hand, there are places where opposition is much less extreme. In contrast to what one might expect, individuals living directly adjacent to Yucca Mountain (in the town of Beatty) are more accepting of the repository than are those living further away. The current chapter explains this pattern of opposition, labeled the “doughnut effect,” as a function of geographic variation in the expectation of risk and benefits.
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