Who Hijacked Our Country

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Wind Energy 1, Donald Trump 0

Scottish ministers have approved an offshore wind farm near Aberdeen.  Donald Trump had been using all of his financial and political clout to fight this project because it’s near one of his golf courses and he’s afraid it’ll ruin the view and drive tourists away.

At a press conference, Donald Trump threw a tantrum and said:

“As dictated by Alex Salmond, a man whose obsession with obsolete wind technology will destroy the magnificence and beauty of Scotland. Likewise, tourism, Scotland’s biggest industry, will be ruined. We will spend whatever monies are necessary to see to it that these huge and unsightly industrial wind turbines are never constructed.

“All over the world they are being abandoned, but in Scotland they are being built. We will put our future plans in Aberdeen on hold, as will many others, until this ridiculous proposal is defeated. Likewise, we will be bringing a lawsuit within the allocated period of time to stop what will definitely be the destruction of Aberdeen and Scotland itself.”

Uh, “all over the world,” windmills are being abandoned?!?  Whose “world” would that be?

Scotland’s energy minister, Fergus Ewing, said the wind farm would provide enough energy to power almost half of the homes in Aberdeen.  But more importantly, this site is being designed for testing and evaluating new offshore wind technology.  He said:

“Offshore renewables represent a huge opportunity for Scotland; an opportunity to build up new industries and to deliver on our ambitious renewable energy and carbon reduction targets.  The proposed European offshore wind deployment centre will give the industry the ability to test and demonstrate new technologies in order to accelerate its growth. It secures Aberdeen’s place as the energy capital of Europe.”

A spokesman for the wind project said:

“The Scottish government’s most welcome approval for the EOWDC is extremely positive news for both Scotland and the UK’s offshore wind industry as it helps position Scotland, the UK and Europe at the global vanguard of the sector.  The decision also confirms Aberdeen city and shire’s status as a world-class energy hub, bringing with it significant economic benefits which will be pivotal to ensuring the region’s long-term prosperity.”

The director of Friends of the Earth Scotland said:

“Well done to the Scottish government for standing up to Donald Trump’s threats and bluster.”

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Donald to Scottish Government:



March 26, 2013 at 3:50 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

That a tiny place like that put the Donald in his place pleases me. Remember those Scots never let the Romans or the English in either, they fought them time and again.

March 26, 2013 at 4:46 PM  
Blogger Mr. Charleston said...

As much as I hate the prick, I'll have to agree with Trump on this one. Wind energy has been tried and it doesn't work, barely repaying the cost of the turbines and they require constant maintenance. They're ugly and apparently kill thousands of migrating birds as Audubon has raised the alarm about them. Frankly, I wish we would quit dicking around with all of this "alternative" energy stuff and get down to solving fusion.

March 26, 2013 at 6:12 PM  
Blogger jadedj said...

Well if ever there was an expert regards wind...it would be the Donald.

March 27, 2013 at 4:11 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Insert hair joke here.

March 27, 2013 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: LOL. The Scots are better off without him.

Jess: I think Scotland is just about to have a vote on whether to secede from the U.K. Maybe they're just warming up by putting Trump in his place.

Mr. C: I'm all in favor of fusion but I think that's a long way off. In the meantime we need to use every renewable source available so we can get off of fossil fuels ASAP. I know windmills have their problems, but hopefully these can be fixed, since this technology is constantly being modified and improved.

It seems to me that fusion and hydrogen-powered vehicles are no closer now than they were when people first started talking about them. But I haven't followed this closely, so correct me if I'm wrong.

jadedj: If only Trump's endless supply of hot air could be harnessed, we'd never use fossil fuels again.

Randal: Where?

March 27, 2013 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

Obsolete wind technology? Being abandoned all over the world? Trump must get his information on these matters from the same investigators he sent to Hawaii to prove President Obama was born anywhere but in the U.S. Those would be the investigators who were due to report back real soon with some very interesting information, remember?

Real soon turned to a long time ago, and we're still waiting.

Trump's wind energy insights will come as a shock to Americans all over the country who see more and more modern windmills being put up. It will especially shock folks in the Vantage, Wash., area, where the wind blows even harder and more often than it does out of either end of Donald Trump.

March 27, 2013 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: The funniest thing about all this is that Trump's luxury golf course nearby was bitterly opposed by local residents. (But it was approved.) So when Trump threatens to retaliate by discontinuing work on the golf resort -- oooohhh!!!

Trump probably got his information about "obsolete wind technology" from the same people who assured Romney that he'd win the White House in a landslide.

March 28, 2013 at 9:26 AM  

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