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Breezy Chinese wind farms blow The Guardian newspaper away

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As reluctant as I am to fall into the trap of blogging about the poor reporting of energy issues in the mainstream media, the Guardian’s picture caption this morning “Breezy does it – China boosts wind power production” (pg32) appears to be a prime example of editorial laziness.

It’s a great picture – pictures of wind turbines often are – I’ve put one at the top of this post. Indeed, it would be interesting to do a study of who runs the most – the pro-wind power Guardian or the anti-wind power Daily Mail? I would guess the Mail.

But where the story falls down is the reporting. “The installed capacity of grid-connected wind power in China has reached 52.58m kw and the country has replaced the US as the world’s biggest producer of wind power”, the caption reads. Just a simple bit of research (i.e. Googling) reveals the source…

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