The Conservatives’ onshore wind sums are all at sea | Chris Huhne

The policy of backing luxury renewables such as offshore wind power simply will not add up to cheaper energy bills

Ralph Waldo Emerson was probably thinking of politicians when he said that a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds. Ministers have to tack with the changing wind to reach their objectives but there is a difference between inconsistency over time, and holding contradictory views now.

The current row between the coalition partners about energy bills and onshore wind is a case in point. George Osborne and the Conservatives have made a great play of trying to cut energy bills by axing the green levies that fund exactly the measures energy-saving and cheap renewables that will do most to protect households long term.

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