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American billionaire and erstwhile presidential candidate Donald Trump is campaigning against wind energy in Scotland.

Why? Because he thinks the presence of wind turbines will deter patrons of the golf resort he plans to construct on the Scottish coast in Aberdeenshire.

In a submission to Scottish Parliament, Trump claimed that wind farms will end tourism in Scotland and ruin the environment. The business magnate, reality TV star and son of a real estate tycoon threatened to pull his golf resort project out of Scotland if the wind project went head, claiming that Scotland will “go broke”.

A Scottish Government spokesman responded (from BBC News):

Tourism continues to grow, with overnight visitors to Scotland up by 9% in 2011, and the number of visitors from North America coming to enjoy Scotland’s stunning landscapes up by 15% in 2011 on the previous year. Scotland has massive green energy potential – including a quarter of Europe’s tidal and offshore wind potential – which is creating thousands of much-needed jobs in Scotland and guaranteeing a secure energy supply for the future.

Touché.

The response from Niall Stuart, chief executive of Scottish Renewables, was to invite Trump to invest in wind energy.

Stuart is quoted in an article by the UK Press Association:

Indeed, we would very much like to invite you and your colleagues to meet with some of our members and to consider the opportunity of investing in and being part of the success of Scotland’s renewable energy sector, which is now key part of our energy mix and an increasingly important part of our economy.

Additional source: The Independent

About The Author: Graham Land

Greenfudge editor and London-based writer Graham Land grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, where he was part of the local hardcore punk scene, playing in several bands. Through this musical movement he became involved in grass roots interests such as anti-racist activism, animal rights and Ecology. In 2000 he relocated to Europe, eventually earning an MA from Malmö University in Sweden. He has also lived in Japan, Ireland, Portugal and Greece.



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