Free public transport, more support to buy electric cars and the chance to whizz around on e-scooters are high of the green wish list of Scots in the run-up to the COP26 climate change conference. Before the meeting in Glasgow in November, a Panelbase survey for The Sunday Times found strong backing for several environmental measures to reduce harmful emissions. However, there was also resistance to some of the measures that some politicians want to take. Free public transport to reduce the number of cars on the roads was backed by 58 per cent and opposed by 29 per cent, while 13 per cent said that they did not know their opinion on the matter. Sixty-one per cent backed public subsidies to reduce the cost of electronic cars and electronic bikes, while 19 per cent were against it and 19 per cent did not know. There was a high level of support for more of an inducement to fit solar panels: it was backed by 75 per cent, versus 10 per cent who opposed it, while 14 per cent did not know.
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