According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, there are still a number of people out there that are opposed to wind farms. That being said, the number of people who are against wind farms seems to be getting smaller. This information was brought to light thanks to the department’s public attitude tracker survey. This survey showed that just 11 percent of the people who took part in this survey opposed wind farms. Most people believe that the benefits outweigh the negative aspects.
This survey found that some 76 percent of people who took part in the survey said that they support the development of more wind farms. Only seven percent of the people who took part in the survey said that they opposed it. The remaining people were unsure or undecided.
This new survey goes against what some other polls had indicated. For example, back in 2012 there was a survey done by YouGov. It showed that only 58 percent of people supported wind farms. Nearly 18 percent of the people who took the survey were fully against wind farms. Thus, this latest survey shows a big shift in how people view wind farms.
There could be a number of things that are changing people’s outlook on wind farms. The Department of Energy and Climate Change seems to think that this change in attitude has to do with rising fuel prices. Everyone now sees that energy prices are not going to go down on their own. They also see that importing energy from other countries is not going to lower prices either. This leaves renewable energy as the best shot at lowering energy prices.
Despite this news, there are still a number of MPs who are opposed to onshore wind farms. One is Conservative MP Chris Heaton-Harris. He is currently heading an informal cross-party assembly that is opposed to the development of more onshore wind farms. He said that dozens of new MPs are formally registering against wind farms now.
The Director of Westbourne Communications, James Bethell, said that he has found out a number of different things from talking to the public. However, the number one thing he sees is strong negative feelings regarding wind farms. He said that people are worried about long-term damage that could be done to the environment by setting up these wind farms. On top of this, they feel like it is being done for uneconomic reasons.