MP poll: wrong on public support for onshore wind and don’t understand basic climate science
By Peter Chalkley
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A new poll of MPs has found that almost nine out of ten (86%) support the UK’s net zero climate target including 80% of Conservative and 92% of Labour MPs. Only 14% of Conservative and 2% of Labour MPs oppose it.
In spite of this 26% of MPs, including 44% Conservative MPs and 0 of Labour MPs believe that “we can stop climate change without reaching net zero”.
The polling also showed MPs to be out of touch with their constituents on support for onshore wind.
Almost half of MPs (47%) thought their constituents would oppose a new onshore wind farm in their area, including two thirds (68%) of Conservative and 30% of Labour MPs, whereas a parallel survey found that 71% of the public support new onshore wind farms in their local area.
Of those who voted Conservative in the 2019 election, 63% said they had a “favourable” view of onshore wind and 68% said they would support new onshore wind in their area.