Survey: New Englanders back nuclear energy, but wind farm support declining
"The bottom line seems to be that if voters think any policy - private or public - will bring down the cost of energy, they will support it."
But that wasn't the case when it came to respondents' views on new high-voltage transmission lines. The survey also saw a 10 percent decline in support for wind farms in the region.
June 17, 2011
by Luther Turmelle
in New Haven Register
An annual survey of New England energy consumers released Friday found that 65 percent of respondents opposed state lawmakers adding new taxes for power generators to raise revenue, as was done in Connecticut during the recent legislative session.
The survey also found continued support for the region's nuclear energy plants despite the disaster in Japan involving the power source.
"Six out of 10 New Englanders felt that what happened in Japan couldn't happen here and that the safety review of U.S. nuclear plants ordered by President (Barack) Obama will appropriately address the issue," said Ernest Paicopolos, principal of Opinion Dynamics, the Massachusetts... [continue via Web link]