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People prefer living near wind turbines to fracking wells - 7th September

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Tory supporters more in favour of wind than shale, despite the Conservatives moving to curb onshore wind farms and encourage fracking for shale gas.

Polling suggests that people would much rather have wind turbines near their house than fracking wells, a survey suggests. The poll asked if people would prefer a wind turbine erected or a shale gas well drilled near to their home. The results found that 65% of more than 2,000 people polled favoured the turbine, with just 14% backing the shale gas operation.

53% of those polled were likely to support a wind turbine within two miles of their home, with just 19% likely to oppose such a development. 67% and almost as many Tory supporters (62%) were in favour of renewables projects near their homes, including wind turbines, if they were controlled and owned by the community with local people benefiting from the profits.

Despite recent moves by the Conservatives to curb onshore wind and other renewables while going “all out for shale”, Tory supporters were also more in favour of wind than shale, with 58% opting for a turbine and 23% for a well.

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