Scottish Government should prioritise renewable energy, says poll
A new poll has revealed that 70% of Scots want the next Scottish Government to make renewable energy a priority.
Roughly two-thirds of those polled agreed with the statement that the next Government should continue to take forward policies that tackle greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. In contrast, only 19% supported fracking, while 33% believed nuclear power should be a priority.
The poll was conducted by YouGov on behalf of Scottish Renewables. It was published as the industry body begins its annual conference in Edinburgh, and just over two months ahead of the Holyrood elections on 5th May.
With a three-quarters majority calling for more solar energy, wind, wave and tidal power, Scottish Renewables Chief Executive Niall Stuart said that the poll showed the Scottish people supporting renewable energy way ahead of any other sector. He added that there was also clear support for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the wake of the Paris climate change agreement.
WWF Scotland Director Larry Banks called for Scotland to become the EU's first fully renewable electricity nation by 2030. He said that the poll demonstrated that this was by far the most popular public vision for the future, and that independent research had shown that a secure, efficient electricity system based almost entirely on renewables could realistically be in place within 14 years.
Friends of the Earth Head of Campaigns Mary Church said the poll showed that the Scottish Government needed to implement a swift and fair transformation to a fossil-free energy system within a generation.
Puclished by Green Jobs Online - 2nd March 2016