Wind Power? Brits Say Bring It On

A poll published in Britain shows that a solid majority of the U.K. public–67 percent–support the use of wind power.

The research, which was a conducted by Ipsos Mori for RenewableUK, found that 28 per cent of those surveyed strongly supported it. Just 8 percent of respondents were against wind power.

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RenewableUK, a trade body which represents wind and marine energy concerns, said the results of the poll showed that pressure groups seeking to stop the development of wind farms on British soil were acting against majority opinion.

“Wind is an abundant, clean, secure and affordable energy source,” Maria McCaffery, chief executive of RenewableUK, said in a statement. “It is therefore not only undemocratic to allow the vocal anti-wind minority to derail the U.K’s plans for renewable energy but also damaging to our economy, undermining investment and jobs that will help to rebuild communities across the country and put the U.K on a path to future economic prosperity.”

McCaffery’s comments were aimed specifically at an anti-wind farm activist group, the National Opposition to Windfarms (NOW). Indeed, the release of the poll results was timed to coincide with the launch of NOW and to take the heat out of its message.

NOW is against wind farms because of the perceived negative impact they have on the British countryside, on its landscape and the wildlife. They oppose the building of any new wind turbines on U.K soil.

However, according to the poll most people in Britain do not find wind farms to be an unsightly blot on the landscape. Respondents were asked to rate the level of acceptability of the look of wind farms on a 10-point scale ranging from completely unacceptable (1) to completely acceptable (10).

Paul Willis has been journalist for a decade. Starting out in Northern England, from where he hails, he worked as a reporter on regional papers before graduating to the cut-throat world of London print media. On the way he spent a year as a correspondent in East Africa, writing about election fraud, drought and an Ethiopian version of American Idol. Since moving to America three years ago he has worked as a freelancer, working for CNN.com and major newspapers in Britain, Australia and North America. He writes on subjects as diverse as travel, media ethics and human evolution. He lives in New York where, in spite of the car fumes and the sometimes eccentric driving habits of the yellow cabs, he rides his bike everywhere.

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