Coal Plant Opponents Release Poll

A poll released by environmental groups says most North Carolina residents favor energy efficiency, conservation and alternative energy rather than building coal-fired power plants.

The Charlotte Observer reports the survey was released Tuesday by the Civil Society Institute, a Massachusetts nonprofit that focuses on climate change, science policy and economic issues.

Duke Energy is building a coal-fired power plant at its Cliffside plant in Rutherford County.

Duke says its own poll in November shows 44 percent of residents of the Carolinas support more power plants to meet rising demands for electricity.

Several environmental groups have appealed Duke's state permit for the project.

The environmentalists' poll was conducted April 4-7 by Opinion Research Corporation.

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