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In quotes: BBC energy survey
More than half of adults in Scotland favour renewable energy sources like wind power to supply future needs, according to a BBC Scotland survey. Here is political reaction to the poll.

SNP ENERGY SPOKESMAN RICHARD LOCHHEAD

The people of Scotland have given nuclear the thumbs down. Despite all the propaganda from the government and the pro-nuclear lobby, the fact is that they have failed to persuade the public that nuclear power is the right choice for Scotland.

The question of using nuclear power to avoid importing energy is false. We are an energy-rich country which does not and will not have to import energy to meet our national needs.

Indeed, Scotland is an exporter of electricity, not an importer. As far as gas is concerned, we only consume a fraction of the gas we produce.

Nuclear power is dirty, dangerous and unwanted in Scotland, as this poll clearly shows.

SCOTTISH GREEN NUCLEAR SPOKESMAN CHRIS BALLANCE

That over half of Scots still oppose new nuclear power stations despite Labour and the nuclear industry's massive misinformation campaign shows that the wool cannot be pulled over their eyes.

Nuclear is neither secure nor sustainable as it relies on importing ever-depleting supplies of uranium.

If we use energy carefully, Scotland can meet our own needs using safe, clean, renewable energy sources.

It is clear that this is what the public want - now Scottish ministers need to get on with delivering that. Nuclear is nothing but a dangerous distraction.

SCOTTISH LIBERAL DEMOCRAT SPOKESMAN

It's clear most Scots see the logic in not building any new nuclear power stations when there are no viable long-term solutions to what to do with the highly radioactive waste.

DUNCAN MCLAREN FRIENDS OF THE EARTH SCOTLAND

Nuclear power cannot save the world from climate change and will not deliver security of supply.

Returning to nuclear will continue to hamper real action to reduce energy demand, develop better alternatives and tackle climate chaos.

Scotland and the UK can meet our targets for tackling climate change and maintain fuel security by using clean, safe alternatives that are already available.

WWF SCOTLAND POLICE OFFICER ELIZABETH LEIGHTON

The next industrial revolution must be towards low carbon, low consumption, resource efficient economies.



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