facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Trump to Scotland: Wind farms hurt tourism

April 25, 2012 at 1:39 PM   |   Comments

| License Photo
EDINBURGH, Scotland, April 25 (UPI) -- Real estate tycoon Donald Trump Wednesday urged the Scottish government to give up plans for wind farms, saying they would be bad for tourism.

Trump, appearing before a Scottish parliamentary committee, specifically objected to a plan to put offshore wind turbines near the golf resort he is building 10 miles north of Aberdeen. But he warned other projects, using Chinese-made turbines, "are going to be the destruction -- almost the total destruction -- of your tourism industry."

"I've spent a tremendous amount of money -- debt-free, no debt on the property, nothing -- building what many are already considering to be the greatest golf course anywhere in the world," Trump said. "I don't want to see it destroyed by having 11 monstrosities built looming over it, literally one mile away."

First Minister Alex Salmond is an advocate of wind energy. In a letter to Trump, he said Scotland is estimated to have about one-quarter of the potential wind energy in Europe, which could make the country a "key hub" in renewable energy.

Trump also argued wind farms need heavy subsidies and the turbines kill birds.

Scottish officials have pointed to a recent poll that showed few people in Britain would make vacation decisions based on the presence of wind farms.

Topics: Alex Salmond
© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
Father of five children thought they would kill him, feed him to dogs Father of five children thought they would kill him, feed him to dogs
2
New video shows missing UVA student the morning she disappeared New video shows missing UVA student the morning she disappeared
3
Norways Kongsberg to demo missile for U.S. Navy Norways Kongsberg to demo missile for U.S. Navy
4
Peshmerga forces kill senior Islamic State commander Peshmerga forces kill senior Islamic State commander
5
Playboy Magazine names UPenn top party school for 2014 Playboy Magazine names UPenn top party school for 2014
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback