Hst 701 - scientific technology and modern society. 100 power plants built in us 1970s. Canada"s stations mostly built in the 1970s and 80s. Slowed work, longer construction time -> 7 years in 1970, 12 years in 1980. Price-anderson act -> insurance companies ignored costs. > consumers, via utility bills and taxes. Manufacturers pushed design limits and scaled up -> made safety costs higher. Reactors -> too large too soon inefficient and expensive. Government program got people to conserve energy. Us and canadian consumption did not increase in 1974. Domestic consumption rose: -> 2% in 1975, 1. 8% annually between 1976- Total energy prices increased 800% between 1973 and 1980. Utilities raised prices for balance lower energy sales. No need for nuclear energy in 1970s. In new brunswick, 100% of nuclear power sold out of province and into us. Paid for by tax payers and nb-power customers. Activists in the 1970s equated nuclear power with nuclear weapons.