If a bare majority of 52% supports renewable energy OR energy efficiency, then perhaps only a minority supports renewable energy. Does a yet smaller minority support industrial wind? Considering the Maine media have been feeding their audiences with a steady diet of pro-wind propaganda for years, it is highly likely that such a minority of Mainers supporting wind would shrivel up significantly more once educated that wind power has high negative impact with virtually none of the promised benefits. *
Only 52% of Maine survey respondents would invest in renewable energy or energy efficiency
The study was conducted as part of Maine Sustainability Solutions Initiative, a program of the Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation to Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine.
The University of Maine professor interpreting the results in the above article is Caroline Noblet. Her website is http://umaine.edu/mitchellcenter/news/media/faculty-experts-guide/c...
It can also be pointed out that while people may talk a lot about how "green" they are, when it comes down to actually putting their money where theirs mouths are, support falls incredibly. For example, in Massachussetts, less than 1% of the state's ratepayers actually pony up money for wind power. See:
Maine poll exposes softness in wind energy support
Regarding a different poll, Chris O’Neil of Friends of Maine's Mountains noted that "almost 80% of respondents reported that they’re less likely to support building industrial wind turbines “if the development will not positively impact Maine.”
Tell us what you learned about wind UM - you promised and we will hold you accountable
The University of Maine owes the public a recap of its sole land based wind experiment. This experiemnt was conducted using our money and they promised transparency. They have rather hid the results. The sixth year anniversary is coming in May 2015 and all we have heard them do is pat themselves on the back while hiding the results. A PDF looking at this most sad experiment and cover-up can be downloaded at the following link: UMPI%20Turbine%20Backgrounder_Revised_Mar2015.pdf
* The more people know about wind energy, the less they like it
During the webinar, Justin Rolfe-Redding, a doctoral student from the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University, discussed ways for wind-energy proponents to get their message out to the public. Rolfe-Redding said that polling data showed that “after reading arguments for and against wind, wind lost support.” He went on to say that concerns about wind energy’s cost and its effect on property values “crowded out climate change” among those surveyed.
The most astounding thing to come out of Rolfe-Redding’s mouth — and yes, I heard him say it myself — was this: “The things people are educated about are a real deficit for us.” After the briefings on the pros and cons of wind, said Rolfe-Redding, “enthusiasm decreased for wind. That’s a troubling finding.” The solution to these problems, said Rolfe-Redding, was to “weaken counterarguments” against wind as much as possible. He suggested using “inoculation theory” by telling people that “wind is a clean source, it provides jobs” and adding that “it’s an investment in the future.”