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U.K. Tory Wind-Power Phobia Hurts Industry, Cable Says

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The main ruling U.K. Conservative Party has an “irrational phobia” of onshore wind power and is hampering development of a technology that’s crucial to meeting Britain’s carbon targets, Business Secretary Vince Cable said.

The industry has made progress in establishing a domestic supply chain that now includes a wind turbine plant in Hull planned by Siemens AG, said Cable, a member of the junior coalition partner, the Liberal Democrats. That progress is being slowed by Conservative opposition to wind, he said.