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EU surveys public opinion on energy

Almost 70% of EU citizens want increased spending on renewable energy research, according to a new Eurobarometer opinion poll for the European Commission. Swedes were most strongly in favour of more renewables research (80%), while Portuguese (46%) were the least so. In heavily nuclear-dependent France, 68% supported more R&D for renewables while only 10% wanted more atomic research. The survey also revealed that northern European populations prefer improved energy efficiency as a means of reducing energy dependency, while southern Europeans want to see new energy technologies developed. See press release and report.

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