No, he didn’t start this one—we’ll get to his wind turbine fire in a moment.
First, the news. One wind turbine at the Ardrossan Wind Farm burst into flames while wind gusts of up to 160 mph from Hurricane Bawbag battered parts of Scotland today. The local who got this spectacular photo of the fire said none of the turbines were operating during the storm.
Unconfirmed, but it looks like an electrical fire started in the nacelle of the Vestas 2MW turbine. Oddly, the photo looks like a meteor hit it and one is headed for another—expect rumors to start. Remember the UFO story?
No injuries. No evacuation zones. Move along, nothing to see here.
What’s Trump’s connection with the Scottish wind turbine fire?
Donald Trump is inflamed about Scottish wind turbines. He’d like to say “You’re fired.” to all of them.
Why? “The Donald” is close to completing a £750m luxury golf resort in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
He’s fighting a proposal to build what he calls a “disastrous and environmentally irresponsible” eleven turbine offshore wind farm a mile from his project.
“Unfortunately, instead of celebrating the start of something valuable and beautiful for Scotland, this ugly cloud is hanging over the future of the great Scottish coastline,” Trump complains.
It’s a strange twist. Environmentalists and locals accused Trump of the same five years ago when he announced his plan to develop the resort—but Trump won support from the Scottish government. He says they assured him that wind farm projects would not be allowed to be “destroying and distorting Aberdeen’s magnificent coastline”.
Those pledges are not disputed—but that supportive government was fired. Trump needs to start a new round with Alex Salmond, the new first minister.
Trump wrote to Salmond last September:
“I am not fighting this proposal merely for the benefit of [his company]. Instead, I am fighting for the benefit of Scotland.”
The letter documents Trump’s position against US offshore wind too:
“Every location in the United States with a magnificent coastline—nothing compared to Scotland—has successfully defeated these horrendous looking, noisy and inefficient structures.”
Well, that sounds like he doesn’t like any kind of wind farm development. Plus, it appears that The Donald needs to be reminded that we have some magnificent coastlines here in America too.
Then he plays the heritage trump card:
“My mother, Mary MacLeod, who was born in Stornoway [Scotland], would be very proud of what I am doing for Scotland. It is not only for my project, it is more to preserve Scotland’s beautiful coastline and natural heritage.”
Another strange twist came just last month.
Trump is getting some help from a former enemy in his quest to fire the wind turbines. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Scotland—who fought against his golf resort—joined Trump to fight the wind farm. The RSPB feels the wind farm is a threat to rare birds like the common scoter and the red-throated diver. Their prior objections to the golf resort are nowhere to be found—like a ball that lands in the brush after a bad swing.
This whole story is “for the birds” and you can do something about it.
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