Support of both fracking and nuclear energy has continued to falter as public concern over both energy security and bills dissipates. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s most recent public attitudes survey has been released today, the results of which offer an indication of the general public’s perception of various issues pertaining to the energy market. The survey has consistently tracked support of a range of power generation technologies, and today’s findings show support for nuclear and fracking has continued to decline. Support for new nuclear has also faltered, however the technology remains far more popular than fracking. A total of 35% of the public said they supported nuclear, down marginally compared to the last edition of the tracker survey in May. In strong contrast to the faltering support for nuclear and fracking,renewables have never been more popular with the British public. Although the renewables question was not included in this wave of the survey, May’s questionnaire revealed that a record 73% of the public supported renewable sources of energy.
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Elisabeth Whitebread, energy campaigner at Greenpeace UK, said public opinion on fracking continued to “freefall”, adding: “Communities don’t want the unnecessary industrialisation of our countryside for shale gas we don’t need. “More than three-quarters of people support renewables, so the government should listen to their own opinion polls, stay true to their manifesto promise and support offshore wind and solar instead of a new fossil fuel industry.
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