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Wine maker's anti-wind stance forces reprint of tourism brochure

A strong anti-wind backlash was inadvertently provoked by the government of Aude département -- the region of France with the highest concentration of wind farms -- when it published a brochure on walking in the wilds of the Montagne Noire mountain range. The authors of the brochure thought it fitting to show a wind turbine on the cover of the brochure as representative of the Aude landscape; but the image incensed the chairman of the Minervois wine growers' association, Philippe Coste, a known objector to the development of wind energy in the region. Pressure from Coste led to all 5000 copies of the brochure being withdrawn and a new edition produced, sans éolienne, at the expense of ratepayers.

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