A new poll shows increasing support for the development of renewable energy among conservative Ohioans.
Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.
A poll released by the Ohio Conservative Energy Forum says more than two-thirds of conservative respondents support renewable energy development.
Michael Hartley, the group’s founder, says 75% also favored fair wind turbine setback laws that allow a landowner the right to lease property for wind farm projects.
Hartley says they want to see what conservative voters think about renewable energy without discussing climate change.
Hartley: “That’s not our argument, our argument is based on -- from a conservative viewpoint -- that economic development, that property rights, that freedom, the national security, all these different conservative viewpoints.”
Groups that support larger setbacks, placing turbines further away from a person’s property line, make the same argument about personal property but from the perspective or landowners that don’t want to lease to wind farms.