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Wind popular according to RSPB survey

Wind energy is the most popular form of electricity generation, according to a poll of attitudes to energy in Great Britain commissioned by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). The survey shows that people prefer renewable energy to nuclear or fossil fuels. Most (68%) believe that nuclear power stations should not be built in Britain over the next ten years, while 38% think that power stations using coal should not built. By contrast, only 3% believe that wind farms should not be built on land in Britain, with a mere 1% against offshore wind farms. Wind emerges the clear winner for new generation, with 52% favouring wind on land and 47% offshore wind. Next comes solar (44%), hydro (34%) and wave/tidal (30%). Among the least popular are nuclear (8%) and coal (5%). The research was carried out as part of the RSPB's climate change campaign, to find out how much people know about the links between fossil fuels and climate change. Almost all those interviewed have heard of climate change; 74% are concerned about its effects.

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