Wind farms far more popular than fracking, government poll shows

Commenting on a Ipsos MORI
survey for the Department of Business, Innovation, and Skills, published today,
Greenpeace UK energy
campaigner Lawrence Carter said:

"The department for
business certainly won't be making a big deal out of this survey, as it reveals
just how out of touch the government is when it comes to the kind of energy
future the public wants. People overwhelmingly support clean offshore wind over
dangerous fracking, yet the government is obsessed with shale gas. And despite
the Prime Minister's claims about how tightly the fracking industry would be
regulated, it now turns out that half of the people surveyed don’t trust his
government to ensure it's safe.

“Later this year over 60 per
cent of the country will be opened up to fracking exploration. With a general
election looming, the ruling parties could yet pay a high price for their
severe misjudgement of the public mood on fracking.”


 Among those who have heard of each of the respective technologies
(offshore wind farms, fracking, and carbon capture storage), people are largely
supportive of offshore wind farms (76% support their development), but less so
when it comes to CCS (51%) or fracking (36%). For CCS, while support is lower,
there is also little outright opposition – instead, two-fifths are either
neutral (31%) or undecided (10%) on whether they support it or not.  A
relatively large proportion (27%) are also neutral about fracking. However, in
contrast to the other two technologies, this already seems to be more contentious
– around one-in-three (36%) support its development, but a similar proportion
(34%) oppose it. [Pg 171]

Those who have heard of fracking are divided on whether they can trust the UK
Government to adequately regulate it (44% trust them a great deal or fair
amount, versus 49% not trusting them very much at all) [Pg 175]

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