NIMBYs & Wind Farms in the Pacific Northwest


A new poll of Pacific Northwest residents shows very strong support for wind energy, which is not so surprising given the large number of wind projects here. But what is significant is the high level of support for wind farms among rural residents, who bear the greatest impacts. The poll of 1200 Oregon, Washington and Idaho residents shows nearly 80 percent of rural respondents would support a wind farm (10 to 20-story high turbines and 200-foot long blades) being built within sight of their homes, while 14 percent would oppose and seven percent don't know.

The poll was conducted for the Northwest Health Foundation, public radio stations in the Northwest and the polling firm of Davis, Hibbitts and Midghall. While the poll also reported that 87 percent of urban residents would support a wind farm, it's the 8 in 10 rural respondents that really count since utility-scale wind projects are located in rural areas.

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