Public backs both nuclear and alternative energy

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14 February 2006, AMSTERDAM — Half the population of the Netherlands supports expanding the country's nuclear power facilities. But the overwhelming majority wants more investment in alternative sources of energy, such as wind turbines.

14 February 2006

AMSTERDAM — Half the population of the Netherlands supports expanding the country's nuclear power facilities. But the overwhelming majority wants more investment in alternative sources of energy, such as wind turbines.

These were the main findings of an internet-based opinion poll carried out by the Maurice de Hond organisation on Monday.

It comes as junior environment minister Pieter van Geel gave a strong indication at the weekend that the coalition government wants to finally bury the traditional reluctance about nuclear power.

The Netherlands has one operating nuclear power station at Borssele in Zeeland Province. The government decided last year to rescind an earlier decision to close it down and the plant will now remain operational until 2033.

Van Geel said on Sunday a second nuclear power station was a realistic option to meet the country's energy needs and commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The opinion poll found the nuclear option has strongest support among people who side with main government parties, the Christian Democrats an the Liberals. Followers of the populist LPF are also in favour of a second nuclear plant.

Not surprisingly, followers of the green-left GroenLinks were the least enthusiastic. Only 7 percent of GroenLinks supporters backed the idea. In all, 49 percent of the people polled were in favour and 37 percent were against.

A massive 97 percent were in favour of more government investment in alternative energy sources, with 72 percent support for wind turbines. Some 67 percent said they were in favour a wind park in the North Sea.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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