Published on October 24th, 2012 | by Joshua S Hill2
British Public Want More Solar and Wind
October 24th, 2012 by Joshua S Hill
An opinion poll conducted by YouGov and commissioned by the Sunday Times has shown that a clear majority of the British public want the government to using more solar and wind power.
In fact, the report (PDF) showed a clear favouritism towards renewable energy, with significant percentages rejecting the need for more nuclear, gas and coal-fired electricity, and oil use.
The survey showed that 55 percent of those questioned say that the number of wind farms in the country should be higher, while only 14 percent thought the number should stay at current levels. Sadly, 21 percent thought that there should be fewer than are currently installed.
A whopping 72 percent of those surveyed wanted more solar power, with only 5 percent wanting less than is currently installed and 12 percent wanting levels to stay the same.
An increase in nuclear power was favoured by 40 percent of those surveyed, but only 17 percent wanted more coal- and gas-powered stations.
“This is an unequivocal vote of confidence in renewable energy,” RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive Maf Smith said. “A clear majority of British people support building more wind farms to meet our country’s clean energy needs. That support is consistently strong, in this and other independent polls.
“One stark message from this survey is the public’s evident disenchantment with fossil fuels, including the unpopularity of fracking for shale gas. The British public is telling us that we are right to be making this landmark transition from a perilous fossil fuel addiction to a low-carbon future.”