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I have seldom seen such unfairness to a genuinely pro-environment politician as in your leader ("Elitist Nimbyism," September 2002). Your editor is clearly out of touch with recent American political debates over energy policy. Of course, it is unfortunate that Senator John Kerry opposes this offshore wind farm, and it is to be hoped that he reconsiders. However, he will not if the wind industry ignores his environmental achievements because of a single issue of disagreement.

From Alex Veitch, London

I have seldom seen such unfairness to a genuinely pro-environment politician as in your leader ("Elitist Nimbyism," September 2002). Your editor is clearly out of touch with recent American political debates over energy policy. Senator John Kerry voted for for a Renewables Portfolio Standard of 20% by 2020 (amendment S.A. 3017, March 14, 2002). Add that to his leadership to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling, and his leadership to cut US oil consumption by raising Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, and you get a true environmental leader. Of course, it is unfortunate that Sen. Kerry opposes this offshore wind farm, and it is to be hoped that he reconsiders. However, he will not if the wind industry ignores his environmental achievements because of a single issue of disagreement. The wind industry needs to remember who its friends are, and try not to antagonise them.

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