Donald Trump has pledged to use “any legal means” to block the building of an offshore windfarm near his championship golf course in Aberdeenshire, claiming the development would spoil his view.
The proposed windfarm in Aberdeen Bay, about 1.5 miles from the golf resort, would install the next generation of offshore wind turbine technology.
Donald Trump, a man for whom the term ‘bad hair day’ was coined, is seeking revenge on the wind. The UK Guardian piece — “Donald Trump pledges ‘any legal means’ fight against windfarm: US tycoon saying proposed offshire turbines will ‘compromise’ golf resort – and ruin his sea view” — uses a classic dry British with to expose Trump’s hypocrisy, starting with its photo and caption:
Donald Trump’s golf resort under construction on the Menie estate, Aberdeenshire, with diggers stripping grasses from the coastal dunes, June 2011.
The point is Trump is despoiling the area with his golf course:
Trump, who hopes to open his first course at the Menie estate, near Balmedie, next July, in a development spanning about 500 hectares (1,235 acres), has renewed his long-standing complaints about the project. He believes the smaller proposal is still unacceptable: some of the turbines could stand up to 195 metres in the water, more than double the height of the Big Ben clock tower.
George Sorial, managing director of the Trump Organisation, said the windfarm would compromise the golf resort. “We are here to stay and I don’t think it’s a good idea to interfere with our investment. We are not going to support a project that compromises what we have done. We will use any legal means in our jurisdiction.”
David Milne, one of Trump’s most critical neighbours, whose house at Hermit Point is next to the golf course now under construction, said the billionaire developer was turning into a “New York clown”. Milne’s view over the dunes and the North Sea has been blocked by Trump; a 6-metre (20ft) high earth wall came first, later replaced with a row of spruce and pine trees surrounding Milne’s property.
“How can a man who has just destroyed a site of special scientific interest and is in the process of despoiling an area of outstanding natural beauty with his golf course, comment on the view? It’s laughable,” Milne said.
The only good news here is Trump is not likely to succeed:
It remains highly unlikely that Trump’s objections will succeed. The windfarm is supported by the European commission and the Scottish government, and is one of a number of test centres seen as essential if the UK is to reach its target of 7,000 offshore wind turbines, with an expected investment of £100bn.
Trump is also in conflict with several of his most prominent supporters over the windfarm scheme, known as the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. The EOWDC project involves Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, a publicly-funded agency part controlled by Aberdeenshire council, which approved Trump’s resort, as well as Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, which last year gave the American tycoon an honorary degree, and the Wood Group, founded by the oil services magnate Sir Ian Wood, a cheerleader for Trump’s resort.
David Rodger, a spokesman for the wind project, said: “We have been in regular contact with the Trump Organisation and acknowledge the concern raised. We made a strong case for the environmental and economic benefits of the centre [for] global research and development for offshore wind … [which] is of strategic importance to Aberdeen, and Scotland’s renewable energy ambitions.”
Brad Johnson at TP Green adds:
Trump, of course, has no problems violating the law to ruin other people’s views. In 2006, Trump built an illegal 70-foot flagpole at his Rancho Palos Verdes golf course. In all likelihood, this is just an attempt by Trump to lash out at wind, the source of much mockery.
Below are old comments from the earlier Facebook commenting system:
It always seems windy near Donald Trump’s head. He should wear one of those wind turbine hats and generate some power to sell back to the grid. That’s just good business!
Donald- your hair is gone. Your politics are Saturday morning cartoons-
and the wealth your father left you is in jeopardy with AGW.
Trump’s very presence is a blight on my view of a rational the world. Can I take him to court?
Construction of the wind farm could begin in 2013 given a fair wind (sorry) which is more than can be said for Trump’s fantasy Trumptown.
Paul Magnus · Top Commenter
shame he is not taking the opportunity to invest in green solutions.
Any vestige of humanity Trump might’ve had has shriveled into nothingness and he is now merely an ego in a suit prancing and blustering under whatever member of the wolverine family it is that lives on his head.
shaheercassim (signed in using Yahoo)
Donald Trump is a tool. Am I allowed to say that here or is that poor argument?
Paul Magnus · Top Commenter
From his wind swept hair you can see why it is good to invest in wind there…
Not surprised with his opposition to offshore wind- does wonders for the hair and isn’t really necessary since he creates enough hot wind onshore. I really hope that he runs as a third party candidate for Pres.
Prokaryotes – · Top Commenter (signed in using Hotmail)
Maybe he will flipflop and run for president!
But they built the wind farms near the trumpster to capture his hot air.