President Barack Obama characterized clean energy cynics in the GOP presidential field as would-be members of the Flat Earth Society. Birther and Romney-endorser Donald Trump cast himself with the Flat Earth candidates yesterday, with his latest tirade against clean energy.
Trump told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto:
Wind is destroying the environment in many, many places. People are going crazy over the horrible, noisy, disgusting windmills. And they are horrible and a horrible intrusion, ruining communities, and solar is weak and has not been effective and is very, very expensive.
Trump’s position on wind energy being “disgusting” more likely has to do with his battle in Scotland to prevent wind turbines from obstructing the view on his planned golf resort. Trump is bankrolling the fight against the renewable energy and has already clashed with leaders there, who have called his tactics “bullying.”
Romney — who is Trump’s pick as the Republican nominee — also positions himself against wind energy development, sometimes with the (poor) joke that “you can’t drive a car with a windmill on it.”