UK Poll: Wind Turbines Drive Away Tourists

by Rob Roper 

A recent British poll conducted by YouGov for the environmental conservation organization, John Muir Trust, revealed that 55% of Scottish adults were “less likely” to visit a scenic tourist location if it contained industrial development, such wind turbines. Only 3% said they would be more likely to visit.

This is certainly a cautionary tale for Vermont, where tourism is such a major component of our economy, yet special interests in and linked to the industrial wind industry have a great deal of power in Montpelier.

Governor Scott recently formed a Climate Change Commission that will look into how we might lower Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions in ways that are compatible with economic growth. Obviously, alienating more than half of the state’s visitors by enacting policies that facilitate, subsidize, and otherwise encourage the growth of these kinds of highly visible industrial facilities makes no sense.

You can see the full results of the poll here…


- Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute. 

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