Trump Blasts the Scots for Planning to Build Windmills off the Coast of his Golf Resort

Posted by PITHOCRATES - February 11th, 2012

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Putting up windmills in the country is one thing.  Sure, the famers may hate not being able to get a decent night’s sleep because of the incessant noise from the windmills but what are they going to do about?  They’re poor farmers.  It’s not like they’re rich (see Angry Donald Trump blasts plans for Scottish wind farm near his luxury golf resort by Associated Press posted 2/10/2012 on The Washington Post).

Trump has launched a blistering attack on Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond over plans to build a “horrendous” wind farm off the coast of his luxury Scottish golf resort. In an open letter, Trump accuses Salmond of being “hell bent on destroying Scotland’s coast line and therefore Scotland itself…”

He ridicules the Scottish National Party’s renewable energy policies, claiming the economic benefit is going to China and other countries, not Scotland.

 “Jobs will not be created in Scotland because these ugly monstrosities known as turbines are manufactured in other countries such as China. These countries, who so benefit from your billions of pounds of payments, are laughing at you!” Trump said.

Trump isn’t alone.  The late Ted Kennedy felt the same way.  Back when they were trying to install windmills in Nantucket Sound that could provide three-fourths of Cape Cod’s power cleanly without any carbon footprint Kennedy said whoa now, just wait a minute.  This champion of green energy said windmills are all well and fine when they spoil someone else’s view.  But not ours.  We’re rich.  Put them someplace else.

It just goes to show you that rich people don’t like green energy.  At least, not when it’s in their own backyard.  But at least Trump notes an economic argument as well.  And then there’s the fact that sometimes the wind doesn’t blow.  Which is why windmills have a pretty low capacity factor (only 20-40% of the installed capacity is typically generated).  A lot of money for little benefit to combat the lie of man-made global warming.  If Trump knows anything it’s return on investment.  So not only will they spoil his view they’ll do so for a bad investment.  Which must just add insult to injury for an investor like Trump.

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