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Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Blow for wind power enthusiasts

A German government report on wind power has come to rather negative conclusions. In fact the conclusions are so negative that the report has been shelved.

It appears that the report concluded that greater reliance on wind power would substantially increase fuel bills. At the same time the benefit to the environment of reduced greenhouse emissions from fossil fuel plants could easily be reproduced at a fraction of the cost by fitting existing power stations with modern filters. Wrong answer!

When Jürgen Trittin, Germany’s Green Party environment minister, says "We do not want the findings of this report to be misinterpreted", I think we can assume that he means "We do not want the report to be read".

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