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6 April 2017 15:26:29 |Government,News,Renewables

Most Tory voters want UK environmental legislation maintained after Brexit


The top environmental issue that Conservatives most want to see the Government taking action on is increasing renewable energy

The top environmental issue that Conservatives most want to see the Government taking action on is increasing renewable energy

The Conservative think-tank Bright Blue has found that most Tory voters want UK environmental legislation preserved or even strengthened after Brexit.
While a handful of prominent Conservatives, such as the former environment secretary Owen Paterson, have argued that leaving the EU will allow Britain to revamp its rules on the subject, the survey found huge support for the status quo.
The top environmental issue that Conservatives most want to see the Government taking action on is increasing renewable energy.
The Populus-conducted polling found 85% of Conservative voters want to see renewable energy targets maintained or strengthened after Brexit and the same number want household appliances to be made more energy efficient.
This figure increased to 92% when asked about maintaining or strengthening measures to reduce air pollution.
Nearly two-thirds supporting existing fishing quotas and a ban on the production of genetically modified crops.
More green than fossil fuel
Most Conservatives also view renewables more favourably than fossil fuels or nuclear.
The most popular renewable energy technology among Conservative voters is solar power, followed by tidal, offshore wind, biomass and onshore wind.
59% support the further development of onshore wind farms, providing they receive no subsidies.
60% of Conservatives accept that man-made climate change is happening. This is the majority position despite the socio-demographic characteristic.
71% are proud of the UK passing the Climate Change Act 2008, the most common reason for this given being the economic opportunities from low-carbon industries.





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