Trump Demands Scotland Drop Plans For 'Ugly' Wind Turbines Near His Resort: [ send to a friend ]
Donald Trump swept into Scotland's parliament on Wednesday to demand that a plan for an offshore wind farm near his $1.2-billion golf resort be scrapped.
"Scotland, if you pursue this policy of these monstrous turbines, Scotland will go broke," the real estate mogul said in his usual style.
"They are ugly, they are noisy and they are dangerous. If Scotland does this, Scotland will be in serious trouble and will lose tourism to places like Ireland, and they are laughing at us."
When asked to produce evidence about his claims on the negative impact of turbines, Trump simply replied: "I am the evidence, I am a world class expert in tourism."
The eleven 200-foot turbines are part of the Scottish government's efforts to position itself as a leader in renewable energy.
Trump is most upset that he was assured by Scottish leader Alex Salmond that a wind farm would not be built off the coast of his property when he invested in the resort.
"They wanted my money," Trump said. "I was lured into buying the site, after I had spent my money they came and announced the plan."
"At the time I bought the land I felt confident the wind farm was not going to happen."
But Salmond said Scotland wasn't going to be held hostage by investors.
"I want to be clear, congress. We welcome investment in Scotland, in industry, technology and in golf courses. But investing in Scotland does not imply ownership of Scotland."
"And in particular the energy policy of this country will be determined by the people and the parliament of Scotland and not by any other party."