Thursday, February 9, 2012
Donald Trump accuses Alex Salmond of 'destroying coastline' with wind plans, Trump says worst event in Scottish history, is he just plain bonkers?
When Donald Trump popped up with his idea of a golf course up north, I thought it was worthwhile to hear his proposal out.
The project had all the hallmarks politicians look for, investment, jobs and add value to local community.
But it wasn’t all sweetness and light, Trump is arrogant and used to getting his own way, rich people sometimes are, everyone round Trump jumps when he speaks who works for him.
US tycoon Donald Trump has accused First Minister Alex Salmond of seeming "hell bent on destroying Scotland's coastline" with wind power.
I have blogged on Trump before over the golf project, pretty much saying the Scottish Government should support the people he wants to kick off their land.
His attack on Alex Salmond over wind power is bizarre, Alex Salmond runs the Scottish Government not for his benefit.
So, although Trump, who objects to plans for a wind farm near his Scottish golf resort and says he would not be on board, no one asking him for his approval.
He has written to Mr Salmond saying:
"You will single-handedly have done more damage to Scotland than virtually any event in Scottish history."
Patently his knowledge of Scottish history must be pretty weak if he thinks a few blades whizzing around is the worst that has happened to Scotland.
Mr Trump added of his objection:
"I am doing this to save Scotland."
Oh piss off!
Trump’s problem is the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre which is a £150m venture by Vattenfall, Technip and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group. We have to see if this technology is viable which means it has to be scaled up. Green energy has a long way to go so sites must be used to test effectiveness.
Mr Trump also writes in his letter:
"Taxing your citizens to subsidise wind projects owned by foreign energy companies will destroy your country and its economy. Jobs will not be created in Scotland because these ugly
monstrosities known as turbines are manufactured in other countries such as China. These countries are laughing at you."
He said of the future:
"You will be long gone, but the people of Scotland will forever suffer. I have just authorised my staff to allocate a substantial sum of money to launch an international campaign to fight your plan to surround Scotland's coast with many thousands of wind turbines. It will be
like looking through the bars of a prison and the Scottish citizens will be the prisoners. Luckily, tourists will not suffer because there will be none as they will be going to other countries that had the foresight to use other forms of energy."
If this is his argument, I don’t think it will hold any sway, because it is based on a simple idea, ‘I don’t like it’.
If he is going to trot in the door to Alex Salmond’s office then surely a better proposal or alternative site should have been included in any objection.
I don’t think attacking Alex Salmond on this issue holds much water or even hot air.
And sucking up to this clown only makes him cheeky.
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University