Poll shows 72% of Scots back wind power

SNP MSP Rob Gibson has welcomed a YouGov poll that shows as many as 72 per cent of people polled in Scotland back wind power.

The poll of 1,014 people, carried out for Scottish Renewables, reinforces a similar one last week that showed 67% of people in the UK support wind power.

Mr Gibson, SNP MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, said:

“The message from the people of Scotland is loud and clear – wind power is key in the future of our energy policy.

“In fact, when you take this poll into account with last week’s Ipsos Mori poll for RenewablesUK, the message from people across the UK is exactly the same – wind power is the way forward.

“It is encouraging to see as many as 72% of people polled in Scotland support wind power development as part of a mix of renewables and conventional forms of electricity.

“Scotland has vast renewables resources – demonstrated by the fact we produce a quarter of Europe’s tidal and offshore wind power and 10% of its wave power.

“We are already seeing the benefit of renewables in Scotland with thousands of jobs being created – most recently Gamesa’s announcement of 800 jobs and €150 million of investment in Edinburgh.

“Today’s poll comes on the back of leaked documents showing the UK Government’s nuclear policy is in tatters with plans to subsidise nuclear through electricity bills, despite previous promises this would not happen.

“Nuclear power is simply not the answer to our energy needs. The Tory-LibDem coalition must listen to these polls that clearly show renewable energy is the way forward to provide a clean green future and true energy security.”