While Digging Up 1,235 Acres For His Golf Course, Donald Trump Says Wind Farms Are ‘Destroying’ Scotland


Written by Stephen Lacey, Climate Progress

Real estate mogul and former Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has outdone himself this time.

After starting construction on a 1,235 acre coastal golf course on rural land in Scotland that will feature two golf courses, 950 houses and a luxury hotel, Trump is now complaining that the Scottish Minister is “hell-bent on destroying Scotland’s coastline” with offshore wind projects.

Last summer, Trump vowed to fight an 11-turbine offshore wind project proposed for waters 1.5 miles away from his sprawling complex where bulldozers have been ripping up untouched grasses and flattening coastal sand dunes to make way for an artificial golf course.

In a letter to Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond sent this week, Trump hilariously says he will try to “save Scotland” (yes, really) from the plight of wind turbines being proposed for the country’s coastline:

“With the reckless installation of these monsters, you will single-handedly have done more damage to Scotland than virtually any event in Scottish history.”

Trump also said he would never be “on board” with the project, which he called “insanity”.

He added: “As a matter of fact, I have just authorised my staff to allocate a substantial amount of money to launch an international campaign to fight your plan to surround Scotland’s coast with many thousands of wind turbines.”

He added: “Please understand that I am doing this to save Scotland.”

One Scottish politician called Trump’s comments “desperate” and “embarrassing” — perhaps two of the biggest understatements of the year so far.

Trump’s letter comes after a multi-year battle with local landowners who don’t want to be forced from their property to make way for the golf course. In one case, Trump built a fence around a local homeowner’s property he deemed “ugly” and then billed him for half the costs!

Yes, this is coming from a man who ran for U.S. president, and who now sees himself as a serious candidate for Secretary of State in order to “be in a position to negotiate against some of these countries.”

Trump has not signaled what his negotiating strategy would be. But if history is any guide, it will likely involve sending hypocritical letters to countries threatening his pet projects.

This post was originally published by Climate Progress, a branch of ThinkProgress.


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Akon F.
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Pat B.
Pat B.5 years ago

Donald Trump is so rich and so selfish that he has no idea what the real world is like. HIS world only revolves around himself. He could do so much GOOD in the world and he goes and builds a golf course that will destroy ACRES for wildlife. I do think he is getting senile these days.

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Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener5 years ago

He must be related to Limbaugh, Santorum & Co. for they all talk out of their arse!

Sue Griffiths
SUE Griffiths5 years ago

Log on to 'Tripping up Trump'. See what they think of him in Scotland.

Anne F.
Anne F5 years ago

the MenInCharge think golf courses belong everywhere and wind turbines nowhere - that's not reasonable

James Campbell
James Campbell5 years ago

Portland N.

Thank you for posting this. Like many Scots I loathe Donald Trump and his despoiling of a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) to lay out a golf course in a country that already has some of the best golf courses in the world .

However, I hate wind turbines (NOT ‘windmills’) even more. They are ugly, noisy, inefficient, destroy the landscape, kill wildlife, damage human health, make life a living hell for those who live near them and put lots of money in energy companies’ and investors’ pockets, but will do little to address an energy crisis. Scotland already produces MORE energy than it needs (we have hydro energy), The surplus is sold off so that people in the SE of England can continue to use excess amounts of electricity. I reserve judgement on the new design, but almost anything will be better than the giants which are striding across the landscape, creating havoc amongst the sea creatures who inhabit the seas around the UK and costing billions of taxpayers’ money.

ANA MARIJA R6 years ago

Right, Gina P.

Maggie Obrien
Maggie Obrien6 years ago