WHEELHOUSE WELCOMES ALL PARTY SUPPORT FOR WIND POWER SNP CONFERENCE SUPPORTS WWF’S EARTH HOUR
Saturday, 23 March 2013 18:29
Scotland’s Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse MSP has highlighted polling by You Gov which shows all-party support for wind power – as SNP Conference prepares to support WWF’s Earth Hour tonight - which this year focuses on renewable energy.
The new You Gov polling shows that a majority of supporters of every party support wind power. 77% of SNP supporters, 76% of Lib Dem supporters, 68% of Labour supporters and 55% of Conservative supporters “support the continuing development of wind power as part of a mix of renewable and conventional forms of electricity generation.”
And a majority of the supporters of each party are also in favour of wind farm developments in their area. When asked if they would be for or against the development of large scale wind energy projects being built in their council area, 77% of SNP supporters, 71% of Liberal Democrat supporters, 64% of Labour supporters and 53% of Conservative supporters said they were in favour.
Commenting Mr Wheelhouse said:
“Earth Hour has been a great success across the world – with millions of people now supporting it every year – so it is appropriate that as it falls during SNP conference this year that the SNP Conference venue - Eden Court Theatre in Inverness - marks the event. Indeed I will be joining WWF Scotland for a Earth Hour quiz by candle-light in the Eden Court Theatre !
“And given that this year WWF have chosen the focus of Earth Hour to be renewable energy I am delighted that new You Gov polling shows cross-party support for wind energy. Even Tory supporters are in favour of wind power – clearly it is time for the Tory politicians to listen to their supporters.
“Scotland is a world leader in tackling climate change and a world leader in renewable energy. We face a global imperative to tackle climate change and how we power our economies is a key part of that. That is why we are pursuing a target for renewable energy to produce the equivalent of 100% of electricity from renewables by 2020, and why we are setting out our plans on how Scotland can reduce our greenhouse gas emissions over the years ahead.
“I urge all of Scotland to support WWF’s Earth Hour 2013.”