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No more Mr Nice Gaia: minister riles the Godfather of Green

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Shanta Barley | 11:40 UK time, Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Ed Miliband, the secretary of state for energy and climate change, has incurred the wrath of Professor James Lovelock, originator of the 'Gaia hypothesis' and elder statesman of the green movement.

What did he do? He suggested that opposing the construction of a wind farm in your area should be 'socially unacceptable ... like ... not wearing your seatbelt or driving past a zebra crossing.'

In a Guardian article under the title 'fascism in the wind', Lovelock says that Miliband's comments mean 'those who care for freedom should beware' because wind farms don't work and should be opposed.

'Global warming is real and deadly and we have to do our best to counter it but we must not be led astray by the special pleading of an industry made rich by over-generous subsidies paid for by your taxes and one that is bound to fail to deliver.'

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