More Brits love wind
Public support surges as opposition dips to 10%; offshore support at 74%
Public support for onshore wind projects has increased to 68% while opposition has dropped to 10%, according to a DECC survey
The poll of 2119 households under the Public Attitudes Tracker series also reveals support for offshore wind remains solid at 74% and backing for Britain’s wave and tidal energy sector has risen to 74%.
RenewableUK director of policy Gordon Edge welcomed the findings, which he said make it “hard to understand why the Conservative party is turning its back on onshore wind”.
He said: “Independent polls show that David Cameron is totally wrong to claim that people are ‘fed up’ with onshore wind. They show the reverse is actually true and that being anti-wind is a net vote loser.
“We hope that as manifestos are being written, the Conservatives will see how misguided it would be to oppose such a popular technology as onshore wind.”
The survey also found public support for hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’, for shale gas fell from 26% to 24%.
Image: the Tory Party opposes onshore wind development (sxc.hu)