[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Get weekly updates

when your community is targeted


RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Paypal

Donate via Stripe

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

News Watch Home

Why wording of the questions has made green lobby’s polls on wind power misleading and meaningless 

Credit:  The Herald, www.heraldscotland.com 25 April 2012 ~~

From your article, it would seem that much is made by green NGOs and associates of the value of their opinion polling (“Green energy: Wind of change or hot air?”, The Herald, April 24.

Generally the question is framed to get the answer the organisation wants. And asking a simple, straight question does not permit the introduction of the surrounding complications of generating policy.

Scottish Renewables and Friends of the Earth Scotland are very far from being neutral organisations in this debate and will ensure that they get the answer they can use as propaganda.

I notice that neither in their polling question referred to cost or the uncertainties of generation nor the enormous land and sea surface required or the landscape damage inflicted by all of these. And of course no mention of shale gas resources. I am sure the poll would have given a very different answer if the question had been framed: do you support wind power or renewables generation that will result in your electricity bills rising two-fold to provide enormous unearned subsidies to large wealthy landowners and foreign companies and ensure that much of Scotland’s wilderness will be covered in wind turbines?

With large deposits of cheap shale gas in England, a separated Scotland will be unable to sell its highly expensive renewables and wind generated electricity anywhere. Polls are meaningless unless the pollster has first provided a discussion of the ins and outs of any eventual question.

Professor Anthony Trewavas FRS FRSE,

27 Croft Street,


Source:  The Herald, www.heraldscotland.com 25 April 2012

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
   Donate via Paypal
(via Paypal)
Donate via Stripe
(via Stripe)


e-mail X FB LI TG TG Share

News Watch Home

Get the Facts
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.


Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook

Wind Watch on Linked In Wind Watch on Mastodon