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UK public want more wind farms, according to YouGov poll

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The British public would like to see more wind farms, according to a poll by YouGov which was published yesterday.

The survey, which was commissioned by the Sunday Times newspaper, surveyed more than 1700 adults and found that 69% would like to see the level of windpower maintained or exceeded, with 55% asking for more wind farms.

Solar power is the only other source which is more popular, with a huge 72% backing this.

In comparison, 40% would like to see more nuclear power, and 17% more gas or coal fired power stations. 32% support ‘fracking’ – or hydraulic fracturing– to extract shale gas in the UK.

“This is an unequivocal vote of confidence in renewable energy,” says Maf Smith, deputy chief executive of RenewableUK. “That support is consistently strong, in this and other independent polls.”

“The poll shows that investing in clean energy to safeguard our environment for the future has a significantly higher level of public support than paying more and more for non-renewables like gas and oil,” adds Smith.

Surprisingly, the UK public also know about the reason behind the energy rises, with only 11% blaming government targets for reducing carbon emissions, with 17% blamed wholesale oil and gas prices.

The poll shows similar results to other recent surveys by the government and ICM.



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