Biggest coal and PR firms in world pair up to promote coal for the poor.

March 27, 2014 Climate, Coal 

Kate Sheppard for the Huffington Post: “Peabody Energy Corp., the world’s largest private-sector coal company, launched apublic relations and advertising campaign last month extolling the virtues of coal energy for poor people.”
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UK floods are changing the politics of climate, amid double standards.

March 3, 2014 Climate 

Andrew Simms, in the Guardian: “….years of ideologically driven policy on austerity was seemingly ditched when the prime minister, David Cameron, declared: “Money is no object in this relief effort. Whatever money is needed, we will spend it.” He went beyond his own environment secretary in linking the floods to climate change.”
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Public support for fracking in Britain falls for a second time.

January 28, 2014 Clean Energy, Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “David Cameron is losing the battle for public opinion over fracking for shale gas because of high-profile public protests against the controversial technique, polling suggests.”
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UK attitudes to energy efficiency unchanged despite ever higher bills.

November 5, 2013 Clean Energy, Coal, Gas, Nuclear 

Guardian: “The attitude of British billpayers to saving energy remains unchanged by the roll-out of the government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme despite widespread concern over rising bills, according to the government’s own opinion poll. It found that 28% of people were giving a lot of thought to saving energy in their home, the same as in September 2012.” Read more

Solar continues to top UK energy-popularity opinion polls.

September 6, 2013 Clean Energy, Gas, Oil 

SolarPowerPortal: “The latest results of DECC’s public attitudes tracker show that solar continues to be the most popular generation technology in the UK, with 81% of those surveyed expressing support for the deployment of solar across the UK. In each of the six waves of research carried out by DECC, solar has come out as the most supported renewable technology.” Read more

“UK solar power rush sparks local protests”: FT.

August 25, 2013 Clean Energy 

FT: “First it was windmills, then it was fracking. Now solar farms are provoking outrage around the country as companies rush to install record numbers before an important subsidy is cut next year.” ” Read more

There are more solar workers in Texas now than ranchers. And so on.

August 23, 2013 Clean Energy 

Rhone Resch on REW.com: Some solar facts: – “Today, solar generates enough electricity in the United States to power 1.3 million American homes — that’s the equivalent of every home in the state of Connecticut.” Read more

Poll shows UK public much prefer solar farms to fracking.

August 22, 2013 Clean Energy, Gas, Oil 

Solar Power Portal: “The British public would prefer to have a solar farm located near them rather than a fracking well, according to a YouGov poll commissioned by the Solar Trade Association. The poll reveals that the British public are seven times more likely to welcome a local solar farm than a gas fracking field.” Read more

Poll shows UK public split on fracking.

August 13, 2013 Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “Four in 10 people would welcome hydraulic fracturing – used to extract hard-to-reach natural gas – in their area but as many would oppose it, a national ICM survey commissioned by the Guardian has found.” Read more

Republican Party out of touch with own voters on climate, poll shows.

August 2, 2013 Climate 

Climate Progress: The survey, conducted by George Mason’s Center for Climate Change Communication, polled Republican and Republican-leaning independents and found the majority of respondents accept climate change is happening.” Read more

Most British worry more about peak oil than climate change.

July 18, 2013 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Gas, Nuclear, Oil 

Reuters: “Most people in Britain want to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, but due more to fears of shortages and rising prices than to fears about climate change, according to a poll developed by researchers at Cardiff University and funded by the UK Energy Research Centre.” Read more

Support for new UK nuclear slips as indecision mounts.

April 12, 2013 Nuclear 

Ipsos MORI: “The latest national face-to-face survey from Ipsos MORI shows that public support for building new nuclear power stations has fallen by eight percentage points in the last year to 42%.” Read more

Environmental concern at lowest level for 20 years in multiple countries.

February 28, 2013 Climate 

Guardian: “The GlobeScan poll, undertaken last summer before superstorm Sandy hit the Caribbean and New York, showed levels of public concern in 12 countries over environmental problems – which also also included fresh water shortages and depletion of natural resources – were even lower than 1992, when the first Earth summit was held in Rio”.” Read more

Widespread concern about outlook for global economy in Davos.

January 23, 2013 Finance 

Larry Elliot in the Guardian: “Davos has been through some violent mood swings these past five years. First there was denial. Then there was panic. Then there was hope that the worst was over. Now there is nagging concern that this downturn simply won’t come to an end.” Read more

UK media is ‘anti-renewables’ & neglects renewables industry voice.

November 28, 2012 Clean Energy 

CC Group, a comms agency, conducts a study of how the renewable energy industry is portrayed in the national media, finding that only 21 per cent of national newspaper articles are positive about the renewable energy industry. Read more

Polls show huge UK preference for renewables over shale gas.

October 23, 2012 Clean Energy, Gas 

Guardian: “More than two-thirds of people would rather have a wind turbine than a shale gas well near their home, according to a new opinion poll published on Tuesday. …..The YouGov poll showed that 55% of people want more windfarms, compared to just 17% who want more gas power stations. It also showed that less than one in three people thinks the government should give the go-ahead to fracking. RenewableUK’s deputy chief exective, Maf Smith, said: “Support for renewable energy is consistently strong, in this and other independent polls. One stark message from this survey is the public’s evident disenchantment with fossil fuels, including the unpopularity of fracking.”

US voters on both sides favour solar: 92% want more.

October 2, 2012 Clean Energy 

Solar Industry Mag: “As the U.S. presidential election approaches, U.S. voters are being bombarded with anti-solar ads, courtesy of super-PACs backed by fossil-fuel industries. Last month at Solar Power International, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) President and CEO Rhone Resch told attendees that 80% of negative campaign ads target clean energy. …. this week, a new national survey reveals – perhaps surprisingly – that most voters of all political stripes actually support solar. ….more than 9 in 10 – 92% – of voters believe it is “important” for the U.S. to develop and use more solar energy.”

Poll shows majority of undecided US voters worry about climate change and want renewables.

September 25, 2012 Clean Energy, Climate 

Business Green: “The poll from Yale and George Mason Universities surveyed 1,061 US adults and found that undecided voters’ attitude towards climate change and energy policy was much closer to that of declared Obama voters than Romney voters. Significantly, 55 per cent of undecided respondents also said that global warming was an important issue that was likely to influence their eventual vote. The survey found that 80 per cent of undecided voters believe global warming is happening, while only three per cent stated that it is not happening. This is largely in line with the 86 per cent of Obama voters who believe global warming is happening, and in stark contrast to the 45 per cent of Romney voters who agree global warming is occurring. A two-thirds majority of undecided voters also accept that if global warming is happening it is mostly caused by human activity, again in contrast to likely Romney voters. …..Moreover, the poll revealed strong support for Obama’s pro-renewables energy policy, confirming that 85 per cent of likely Obama voters and 83 per cent of undecided voters agree “that in the future US should use more renewable energy sources. Interestingly, 73 per cent of likely Romney voters also agree with the statement, suggesting Republican opposition to renewable energy support programmes may not be as popular with their base as has been widely believed.”

Climate change treatment in the US media feeds low level of concern.

September 23, 2012 Climate 

Anna Clark: “According to the latest study from the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, the American public’s concern about global warming can be sorted into six categories, ranging from alarmed (13%) and concerned (26%), to cautious, disengaged, doubtful and dismissive (that’s the other 61% of us). Among the many explanations offered for the knowledge gap are clashing worldviews, varying education levels, demographics, and the media’s handling of the issue. Even as evidence for climate change mounts and the consequences of the phenomenon become more severe, the amount of climate coverage on broadcast networks has plummeted.”

Nine out ten British want more renewable energy.

April 23, 2012 Clean Energy 

Guardian: “Almost nine in 10 people want to see the government ramp up the UK’s use of clean domestic energy and reduce the country’s reliance on imported gas, a new YouGov poll reveals. Just under two-thirds of the 2,884 people questioned on behalf of campaign group Friends of the Earth listed wind, wave, solar or tidal as power sources they wanted to see playing a greater role in the UK’s electricity mix over the next decade, while just 2% backed an increase in gas capacity. …Currently, only 9.5% of UK electricity comes from renewable energy sources.”

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