US tycoon Donald Trump has warned that wind farms could “completely end” tourism in Scotland and the country is “in effect committing financial suicide”.
Mr Trump said he would not have built his golf course in the north east of Scotland if he had known about plans to install turbines off the coast there. He also claimed there was “not a shred of evidence” that the devices benefit the environment, claiming their construction used “massive amounts of fossil fuels”.
Mr Trump, a vocal opponent of wind farms, launched his latest attack in a submission to Holyrood’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee. He is due to appear before MSPs next week as the committee considers how achievable the Scottish Government’s renewable energy targets for 2020 are…
In his submission, Mr Trump said that he “strongly” disagreed with First Minister Alex Salmond on the issue of wind power.
The American entrepreneur said: “I do not share his optimism about a future based on wind, especially when such plans have failed and caused so much damage in Europe, North America and so many other parts of the world.”
Mr Trump has already spoken out about a proposed offshore wind farm near the luxury golf resort he is building in Aberdeenshire and has halted work on the development until a decision is made by the Scottish Government.
He said that the course there – which has already been built – was “perhaps my greatest contribution to the sport of golf”. But Mr Trump said: “If I had known about the current wind turbine proposals, I would never have built in Scotland.”
The trouble is Donald, you say that like it’s a BAD thing…