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Power plant popularity contest

Do you oppose two planned Hayward power plants? You might still be in the majority, but it’s a dwindling majority of Americans who don’t want power plants in their community, according to a new report by a Massachusetts-based consulting group.

The number of people who support local power plants has increased dramatically in the past year, says a story in today’s East Bay Business Times.

What the Times doesn’t mention is that Saint Consulting, according to the firm’s own Web site, “specializes in winning zoning and land-use battles” for clients including landfills, casinos, prisons, utilities (aka power plants) and anyone else “who absolutely must win a tough land use battle.”

The Business Times report is based on a more detailed press release that includes some interesting tidbits, such as:

John McCain supporters apparently really love wind farms, but Mitt Romney supporters don’t. Maybe because Romney was strongly against putting wind turbines off the coast of Cape Cod? (Although he was OK with the idea of putting some in the Boston Harbor.)

Not sure why supporters of nuclear plants are so big on Rudy Giuliani yet don’t like Barack Obama much. There aren’t any nuclear plants over in New York City, but there is one in Springfield, right? …

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