Donald Trump has once again verbally attacked Scotland; this time over its renewable energy plans to build offshore wind farms. He wrote an angry letter to first minister Alex Salmond about the proposed plans to develop an offshore wind farm near the site of his luxury golf resort in Aberdeenshire, threatening to start an international campaign against the country’s wind energy plans. “With the reckless installation of these monsters, you will single-handedly have done more damage to Scotland than virtually any event in Scottish history,” he dramatically stated.
Obviously the Scottish are not taking much notice of the petulant businessman. Willie Rennie, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, said “This letter is a rather desperate attempt by a rich man who is used to getting his own way. But his latest tizzy is embarrassing. Instead of the world laughing at Scotland, Scotland is laughing at Mr Trump.”
Niall Stuart, chief executive of Scottish Renewables, asked “Who is Donald Trump to tell Scotland what is good for our economy and our environment? Offshore wind is already attracting billions of pounds of investment and supporting hundreds of jobs across Scotland.”
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Trump has also threatened to stop further work on his golf resort project until a decision on the wind farm has been made. However to be honest if this is intended as a threat, in as much as Scotland will lose out on tourism from his luxury resort, I don’t think it is going to be too effective. The billions that could be made from a wind farm will hold much more allure than yet another golf resort in the highlands.
Salmond said “People will be opposed for a whole variety of reasons but as we mobilise this industry, as we are established as world leaders, tens of thousands of jobs come to this country and as we re-industrialise this nation then, eventually, just about everybody will get on board, even Donald Trump.”