The Sceptic Tank often wonders what goes on inside a Daily Mail reader's head. After years of consideration random headlines of the "Could Cheryl Cole's reunion with love rat Ashley give Princess Diana cancer?" variety appear the most likely option.
It's the sense of proportion that somehow seems awry, especially over green issues. A fact which recently forced the paper into an embarrassing climb-down over its use of wildly inaccurate estimates on the impact of green taxes on energy bills.
And then there is the consistently contradictory editorial line, which was on display again this week in a story praising a wind turbine covered in fairy lights.
French artist Patrick Raynaud designed the lights to glow brighter as the turbine in Hannover, Germany spins faster, and the Tank has to agree it does look very pretty.
But we can't help but think that if your standard view of wind turbines is that they are expensive, intrusive, eyesores then surely sticking lights on them, no matter how artistic, only makes them more expensive and intrusive?
Most nights, you can't see or hear wind turbines, so how would lighting them up like a sustainable Blackpool illumination help lessen their impact?
We all know that sometimes a picture editor just wants an excuse to run a pretty photo on a slow news day. But come on guys, if you are willing to repeatedly use discredited figures to slam renewable energy then it looks pretty pathetic to suddenly go all doe-eyed just because someone has added some fairy lights to a turbine. You either hate clean technology as much as you hate female celebrities with cellulite or you don't. Stop sending us these mixed signals.
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