Newsflash: people really love onshore wind (you might have heard us say this before!). The government just released their latest figures that say a massive 73% of the public support it. That’s the highest level of support they’ve ever recorded.
So if you see a wind turbine on the horizon and feel a spark of hope, you’re not alone. The majority of Brits like wind turbines too.
But, in a way, this is old news. We’ve known for ages that Brits love wind. For the last five years the government have been asking people what they think about energy. Support for onshore wind has always been pretty high: hovering around 60-70%. Opposition has stuck at 8-9%. For all the newspapers complaining that the public hate the ‘metal monstrosities’, it turns out that when you actually ask them, there aren’t that many people who don’t like them.
So not only is onshore wind a cheap, clean energy source, but it’s also incredibly popular.
But the government’s policy have been out of step with the people. They’ve been financially blocking onshore wind and freezing it out of the energy system, and throwing up planning barriers too.
Together, we've been standing up for onshore wind power. We've delivered two petitions demanding the government give wind the financial backing it deserves. And in the last few months, thousands signed our letter to the government calling for fair treatment in the planning system (alongside the National Farmers Union, a Bristol energy group struggling to build a .community-owned turbine and wind manufacturers themselves - all of whom want to more wind for communities, businesses and farmers!)..
Clearly onshore wind is popular across the country. The election is a great chance for all the parties to get with the public and start backing wind power.
If you’ve got a vote today, make sure you use it, and remember the power local politicians will have in helping us tackle climate change in the years ahead.
Looking ahead to the general election next month, make sure you’re registered (and bug your friends about it too), and get ready to raise climate and energy issues with candidates when they come knocking.