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British public love wind - 4th February

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The Britsih public support for onshore wind projects has increased to 68% while opposition to developments have dropped to 10%, a three year low, according to a DECC survey.

The poll of 2119 households under the Public Attitudes Tracker series also tells that 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 also added that: “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%.

Meanwhile, separate figures from DECC today confirmed that UK greenhouse gas emissions fell 2.4 per cent in 2013, mainly as a result emissions cuts from coal and gas-fired power plants and landfill waste.

DECC said UK emissions from the basket of seven greenhouse gases covered by the Kyoto Protocol were estimated to be 568.3 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) in 2013, compared to 582.2 million tonnes in 2012.

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