Written by Michael Graham Richard
What’s more important, golf or clean energy?
About a year ago, Donald Trump was throwing a public tantrum about Scotland’s plans to build an offshore wind farm. Mr. Trump claimed that it would ruin the view from one of his golf course projects, and that (and I quote): “the reckless installation of these monsters [...] will single-handedly have done more damage to Scotland than virtually any event in Scottish history” and that the wind farm would cause the “destruction of Scotland’s coastline”. No hyperbole there…
At the time, Mr. Trump said that he and his staff would fight the wind farm with all legal means, and that he was doing it to “save Scotland.” Well, it looks like Scotland didn’t care to be saved. The government has green-lit the offshore wind farm near Aberdeen, ignoring Trump’s pleas (in fact, he was so over-the-top that even if they were going to deny approval, now they just had to approve it).
None of this has stopped Trump. In response to the decision he released this statement:
As dictated by Alex Salmond, a man whose obsession with obsolete wind technology will destroy the magnificence and beauty of Scotland. Likewise, tourism, Scotland’s biggest industry, will be ruined. We will spend whatever monies are necessary to see to it that these huge and unsightly industrial wind turbines are never constructed.
All over the world they are being abandoned, but in Scotland they are being built. We will put our future plans in Aberdeen on hold, as will many others, until this ridiculous proposal is defeated. Likewise, we will be bringing a lawsuit within the allocated period of time to stop what will definitely be the destruction of Aberdeen and Scotland itself.
The wind farm will have a capacity of around 100 megawatts, enough to power about half of Aberdeen’s homes, and be composed of only 11 wind turbines. Part of the goal will be to evaluate new advanced turbine designs and help Scotland get the expertise needed to join the multi-billion dollar wind industry. Construction is expected to cost £230m ($347m).
This post was originally published by TreeHugger.
A big thanks to all of the Care2 members who signed the petition to support this wind project.
Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr