Four-Time Chapter 11 Champ Donald Trump: ‘Monstrous’ Wind Turbines Will Make Scotland ‘Go Broke’

A protester hits Trump's hair with a balloon.

Donald Trump is on a warpath against wind turbines, because they may obstruct the view of his billion-dollar golf resort in Scotland. Protesters greeted Trump today as he asked Scotland to abandon a project to build 11 offshore turbines.

Trump has encountered controversy on his golf resort from the start, since he bulldozed over environmentally sensitive sand dunes.

With his resort due to open in July, Trump has only heightened the attacks. In February, while digging up 1,235 acres for his resort, he said wind farms are “destroying” Scotland. In March, he called windmills “disgusting.”

Now, Trump says they will destroy Scotland’s economy:

“Scotland, if you pursue this policy of these monstrous turbines, Scotland will go broke,” Trump told the group. “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 challenged to produce hard evidence about his claims on the negative impact of turbines, Trump said: “I am the evidence, I am a world class expert in tourism.”

Trump knows a lot about going broke. As ABC reported last year, “Donald Trump — or companies that bear his name – have declared bankruptcy four times.”

Trump also said the project “is the most serious problem that Scotland will have or has had.”

That is unlikely, however much the 11 turbines seem like the end of the world to Trump.

32 Responses to Four-Time Chapter 11 Champ Donald Trump: ‘Monstrous’ Wind Turbines Will Make Scotland ‘Go Broke’

  1. prokaryotes says:

    I like how science is used here (the electrostatic force).

  2. darth says:

    Why would anyone listen to what this man has to say about anything?

  3. Pangolin says:

    Yeah, there’s nothing like an influx of funds from energy sales to destroy an economy. Who would be left to knit giant sweaters to sell to tourists or bake scones and haggis to serve in bed and breakfast inns. They would have real jobs managing and servicing wind farms. It would drive wages up and deprive Trump’s golf adventure of low-paid employees willing to grovel in fear of poverty.

  4. squidboy6 says:

    yeah, I was going to say pretty much the same thing, except I’d add “with hair like that who does he think he is, some virile youth?”, but you beat me to it!

    Like the balloon, it was used in just the right way!

  5. John Tucker says:

    After that Id say build double what they were planing even if they didn’t make electricity at all!

  6. Michelle M says:

    Seriously, does having money mean you can spout any inanity and people actually pay attention to you? Why give this guy any mention at all?

  7. B Waterhouse says:

    It’s personal. He’s afraid of what a windmill might do to his hair.

  8. LinksmasGrybas says:

    I have traveled in Europe extensively and found these windfarms all over the place. I don’t go to Europe to see or not see windfarms, I go because the beer is good and there is no windmill that can ruin that. Now, if I had to see trump’s hair everywhere I went, I probably would be sick the whole time.

  9. Sasparilla says:


  10. Sasparilla says:

    The comments are great tonight. Seriously, Scotland, I’d double down on the Wind Turbines around “The Donald’s” golf course just to stick it to him.

    As an FYI, at the end of 2011 Scotland generated about 35% of its power from renewables (mostly Wind I believe).

  11. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    You understand ‘the magic of the Market’, very well. In neo-liberal capitalism ‘the market’ is a dishonest euphemism for the money power of the rich. The billionaires will destroy us.

  12. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    In Australia the public interest is nowadays seen to be congruent with the greed and ego-drive of the rich owners of society. If a government does not routinely rule in their favour, they threaten to remove political contributions. If the regime still proves recalcitrant they get their MSM droogs to attack, and then, as our hyper-obese mining plutocrats have recently shown, they simply pay some loose change to run media disinformation campaigns. They’ve got the game, the pantomime of ‘capitalist democracy’, all sewn up.

  13. Anne van der Bom says:

    Why offer a platform for this clown?

  14. Lionel A says:

    Trump ought to consider what a mess an oil tanker going aground on his bit of coast would do. One consolation for him in such an eventuality would be that he would have plenty of slick to keep his mop under control.

  15. facts lean left says:

    Trump sounds like Sal Esman or dickless meyer or any number of clueless wingnut trolls.

  16. Joe Romm says:

    Well, if that were the criterion, I couldn’t post on any of the deniers and many others.

  17. Artie says:

    The picture says it all:

    Balloon Head

  18. maya says:

    right — because the windmills are obstructing the view from the golf course he’s building there.. why on earth did the Scottish people allow Trump to go in there and build his playground for the rich, I wonder.. seriously I don’t get it…

    the man is a pompous egomaniac, a despicable human being.. why anybody still listens to anything he says is beyond me… and I hope the Scottish people give him the boot PRONTO….

  19. Anne van der Bom says:

    There are two things here Joe.

    Firstly: the trigger for my comment is that many of his words were repeated verbatim. That’s what I call a ‘platform’.

    He got to get his ‘monstrous turbines’ phrase in a header on thinkprogress. You shouldn’t repeat these things.
    monstrous turbines – monstrous turbines – monstrous turbines – monstrous turbines –

    These phrases stick in peoples minds if you repeat them often enough. It is the way advertising works.

    Secondly, he is mostly stating his opinion on wind turbines. His opinion on that subject is worth nothing, and you should act accordingly.

    I wouldn’t compare it to the disinformation uttered by climate change deniers. They are trying to mislead people by offering false information and distorting the science. Indeed, then you should react and challenge that.

    So, if you still feel the need to comment on what he said, do not repeat his words.

  20. Glenn says:

    “They are laughing at us.” Us? He’s Scottish now?

  21. Tom L says:

    Or Bubble Head, for an ego that goes pop!

  22. Joe Bickner says:

    Looks like Trump is literally a Windmill Crusader!

  23. Lionel A says:

    Because he greased some wheels and made promises about jobs – the usual mix of incentives with such. The locals raised objections and even pointed out that any long term jobs would not be from local but the grease worked.

    ‘The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind
    the answer is blowing in the wind.’

  24. As “Local Hero” put it, “You can’t eat scenery.”

    (unless you’re an actor, of course)

    As for as tourism goes, Trump is wrong. People travel to Holland to see windmills all the time. The turbines are just new. They’re definitely not hideous.

    Trump wants to compare wind farms to mountains, but what he should be comparing them to are smokestacks.

  25. Victoria Lamb says:

    It would not be a pretty sight.

  26. MorinMoss says:

    Very good point, Anne. We should never discount the power of words.
    And that billionaire blowhard hypocrite should eat his own.

  27. Robert In New Orleans says:

    Balders want to know the true origin of that hidious rug dangling from his pointed head.

  28. The bigger they come the harder they fall. The louder and more indignant they sound, the longer we’ll be reminded of how insignificant they really were before the Majesty of Creation; before material nature takes out the trash.

  29. Mark Gilbert says:

    What the heck does it have to do with him? Where is his integrity? Go build your “golf resort” elsewhere. Just proves what a dictator he is. Scotland should ban him from their country. Give him his money back and build a solar farm on his golf course.

  30. Brian C Pope says:

    Donald Trump has unfortunately been dominating the headlines here in Scotland for days if not weeks.
    I believe his outburst on wind turbines is short-sighted and does not take account of the technological development process that made his own country so prosperous.

    Did George Stephenson listen to his critics in 1829 when they said his new Rocket steam locomotive was noisy, slow, visually obtrusive and inefficient?

  31. Anne van der Bom says:

    A response from Scottish Renewables.


    Scottish Renewable’s YouGov poll published this week showed almost three-quarters (71 per cent ) of people in Scotland support wind power as part of our energy mix as opposed to just 7 per cent who strongly oppose it.

    In the same poll 93 per cent of those surveyed said Donald Trump’s recent comments had not changed their views (77%) or had actually made them more supportive (16%) of wind power.

  32. Kent Otho Doering says:

    As usual, love Joe Romms site for latest and best U.S. Green news.
    Goodness, Trump has building projects in Istanbul on the Bosperous. Would he have the Mullah´s silenced because it would disturb his guests?
    Cervantes: Don Quixote on an old mare, lance up charging at windmills.” But to Call Trump an American Don Quixote in Queen Mary´s Court would be a tad too oxymoronic.
    “Monstrous Wind Turbines”.

    Munich´s MVG ultities had to give up plans four several 5 megawatt turbines north of the city. Over 200 meter (600 ft) high towers, and 150 meter high blades (with LED lighting) and special high radar reflecting surface to warm airplaines and low lying helicopters.) These close to 1000 feet high towers were scheduled to have been erected east of the Munich airport-(fucking brilliant- putting 1000 foot high wind turbines in airport landing approach and takeoff air space.
    Munich may win the referendum for a 3rd runway at the airport.. But a prior referendum killed the mega wind next to the airport. People were not only concerned about the landscape (and they alredy have one shut down, an active nuke, a research nuke, and a huge airport to cope with) they just were´not ready to put that on their list.( Solar PV yes, bio-waste yes – everything but mega wind) (lower wind yes.)
    Now, Munich Utilities are still building those big 5 megawatt wind turbines… but up in North Germany, in the wind rich Baltic sea off the island of Rugen, and exporting that south to Munich on new HTDC lines.
    As for poor Donald Trump, nobody is weaping any crocodile tears, least of all all of the classic golf clubs in Scotland. (Golf got started in Scotland when bored shepherd peasant boys minding their Lords´s sheep starting taking their shepherd´s staffs by the base, and competed in how far they could knock the sheep shit. Because it is trump, I hope the Scots decide to put 20 more “monster turbines” around his course. Paint the towers day glow green blades day glow orange, and install LED lighting for aviation safety to boot.
    Ummm and as for his hair. Perhaps Trump could forward finance partnership with Chuck Norris to sell Chinese made touples on Home Order Television or something, with the saleswoman being his ex-wife Ivana or something. Goodness, if Diller would put that on the air, I`d love to watch it.