Friday, April 27, 2012

Donald Trump has hissy fit over wind turbines in Scotland.

Donald Trump is pissed over wind turbines being proposed for Scotland. It all started when  an offshore turbine development was proposed near the site of his golf course in Alberdeenshire in the vicinity of the famous links in St. Andrews.

Here are some quotes from the Don that express his feelings about industrial wind development:


"This is a very, very serious problem that we are addressing. In my opinion, it is one of the most serious problems that Scotland will have or has had."

 "Wind turbines, made in China, are going to be the destruction - almost a total destruction - of your tourism industry."

 "Members were 'blind-sided' by the planning application."

"I don't want to see it destroyed by having 11 monstrosities built looming over it, literally one mile away."

"It's actually land-based, it's not sea-based, because when you're talking about one mile you're really talking about land-based. We don't want this to happen."

Scottish golfers find new excuses for
missing short putts.
"Many countries have decided they don't want wind, because it doesn't work without massive subsidies, it kills massive amounts of birds and wildlife and there are lots of other reasons.

"It's a very inefficient form of energy, it's an energy that when you need it most you don't get it because the wind isn't blowing when you need it most."

"You will lose your tourism industry to Ireland and lots of other places that are laughing at what Scotland is doing."

"I am the evidence. I am an expert in tourism, I am considered a world-class expert in tourism, so when you say where is the evidence, I am the evidence."

"Where you have a tiny population, a couple of windmills can do something."


"After I've invested this tremendous amount of money, all of a sudden this really obnoxious and ugly wind farm appears - which is worse than a wind farm because there is going to be all these different looking windmills.

"It's going to look like Disneyland - except a bad version of Disneyland."


6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I can hear the commentary at the BP British open once they do the build-out of turbines near Trumps new golf course, "Bubba's drive off the 15th is a beauty, oh, it's picked up turbulence from the whirlygigs and is now over the 16th and still going and holy crap it's out of sight past the 18th." What a tournament, all kinds of records have been broken, but it's going to be a while before we crown a champion.

Anonymous said...

And if a blade shatters, do they holler FOUR!.

Anonymous said...

Actually, there is more to the Trump story. He has donated millions of dollars to the efforts of the various anti-wind groups as the anti-wind movement gets legs.

Are our politicians willing to risk their own careers and waste time on damage control of a movement that can't be stopped?

Stay Focused said...

I played golf last summer over on Wolfe Island at that golf course that runs thorough the wind farm there.

It was a slow day with nobody behind us. So at a few holes when I had a good shot at one of the turbine towers, I dumped out some balls from my shag bag, tee'd them up and with my driver slammed some bull's eyes into the turbine towers from a distance of about a hundred yards. Clang! Clang! Very theraputic.

My drives hit hard enough to leave a little dimple where they hit.

Never was able to hit a rotating blade. That would have been pure luck. They come around pretty fast.

Oh - and anyone who tells you the things don't make much noise. Wrong. They make a lot of noise.

Anonymous said...

1:19 are you for real? Are the turbines really that close to the golf course. You're pulling our leg ,right? Can't be true !

Stay Focused said...

There are two nine hole golf courses on Wolfe Island, On. One of the courses, Alston Moor Golf Links, on the west end of the Island, weaves its way through part of the 86 turbine wind farm on that Island. A few of the fairways are just yards away from some of the turbines towers. Very strange... almost surreal. It's a weird novelty. It defaces the landscape - no question.

Wind turbines don't drive you nuts when playing golf - even amidst them, anymore than driving by the wind project on Tug Hill, NY drives you nuts -- because you know you will be leaving it behind and you don't have to stay there and be captive its 24/7 moving presence.

But I sure would hate to live in one of the houses that are much too close to those turbines. The setbacks from homes for that 2009 project were almost criminally minimal. The non-participating landowners on Wolfe Island had no say in where those turbines were placed. It all happened so fast and with such stealth that there was little time to mount any effective resistance.