CUB: 70% favor windfarm in lake
The Citizens Utility Board says an online survey it conducted last week of Illinois residents showed that 69.9 percent of those responding favored the general idea of a wind farm off the Lake Michigan shoreline.
The group says more than 2,000 people responded to the survey. The shore off Evanston is the only site in Illinois currently being promoted as a possible wind farm site in the lake.
An additional 15 percent of the respondents said they'd support a wind farm -- but only if it wasn't visible from the shoreline.
About 5 percent said they thought a wind farm would cost too much and another 4.5 percent said such a project would be an eyesore. The rest said they were unsure about the issue.
Respondents to such surveys, of course, may not be representative of the population at large, especially when, as with the CUB survey, only people who have already expressed an interest in issues like the high cost of energy are invited to participate.
More about the survey on the CUB website.