IN DEPTH: Steve Sawyer takes aim

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Frustration is etched on Steve Sawyer’s face. The usually diplomatic Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) boss is understandably angry — angry at Obama, angry at “the nut jobs” in Congress, angry at Oettinger, angry at Canada and angry at Australia.

He is exasperated because he knows what could be achieved, what should be being done.

Kind words, if you can call them that, are reserved only for parts of the world that have shown a real commitment towards wind energy and tackling climate change — Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, as well as Asia and the rest of Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa.