At a time when the global wind industry needs to be seen as a strong and thriving competitor on the energy market, it is being weakened by a thinly disguised trade war. For competitive wind markets in the making -- such as that in the Netherlands (see pages 30-33) -- this is bad news. Trade barriers are harmful to prosperity. With such enemies within, the job of fighting those without is not made easier. The irony of Kenetech's success in raising US barriers to European technology is all the more bitter when viewed from the heights of the company's march on the European market a year ago, with the construction of its wind farm in Holland (right), and in view of the depths of its current bankruptcy woes.
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