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A new Financial Times/Harris poll of the U.S. and the five largest European countries finds strong public support for increasing some renewable energy sources, particularly wind farms, provided that they are not asked to pay much more for it. However, there is strong resistance to using more renewable energy if it results in a substantial increase in costs.

The public is much more evenly split on whether to build more nuclear power plants, except in Germany and Spain where substantial majorities oppose any expansion of nuclear power.

The Financial Times/Harris Poll was conducted online by Harris Interactive and included people from the U.S., Germany, France, Great Britain, Spain and Italy.

The main findings of the poll include the following:

- Big majorities of the public in all six countries favor building more wind farms in their countries, varying from 90% in Spain and 87% in the U.S. to 77% in France;

- Opinions on building more nuclear power plants are more mixed and vary by country. The public is more or less equally divided in the U.S., Britain and France, but clear majorities are opposed in Italy (60%), Spain (63%) and even more strongly in Germany (77%);

- When those who pay energy bills were asked how much more they would be willing to pay for renewable energy, most people in all countries said either no more or only 5% more. Those willing to pay more than 5% ranged from 32% in the U.S. and 31% in Italy, to only 17% in Spain and 20% in France.

SOURCE: Harris Interactive


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