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Trump sent wind farm complaints to Scottish first minister: report

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Donald Trump took his objections to wind farms in Scotland all the way to the top of the country’s government, according to a Wednesday report. 

The Huffington Post UK on Wednesday published a series of letters Trump sent to then-Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond in which Trump slammed wind farms as ugly “monsters” that will “ruin” the Scottish coasts, warning Salmond that his support for wind power will cause his legacy to be as “the man who destroyed Scotland.”

“I object in the strongest possible terms to the current location of wind turbines as proposed … which are only 2 km from my championship golf course and directly opposite Royal Aberdeen Golf Club,” Trump wrote in his first letter, sent Sept. 14, 2011.

{mosads}“Its adverse visual impact on my development and the beautiful Aberdeen coastline will be disastrous and environmentally irresponsible.”

He added, “Would you put a wind farm opposite St. Andrews — I don’t think so!”

Trump has long opposed the 11-turbine wind farm project near his Trump International Golf Links resort near Aberdeen, Scotland. He suffered a series of legal defeats in his fight against the project, culminating in the United Kingdom Supreme Court’s rejection of his concerns last December.   

The 16 letters to Salmond, from 2011 to 2013, show Trump railing against the wind project, including attacking Salmond for supporting government subsides for wind and attaching news articles about the aesthetics of the project. 

He said Salmond would suffer political and economic problems if the turbines went forward. 

“Don’t destroy your coastlines and your countryside with these monstrous turbines,” he wrote in an April 2012 missive. “Your economy will become a third world wasteland that global investors will avoid.”

Nearly a year later, shortly before the Scottish government signed off on the plan, Trump wrote to Salmond: “Do not be the man who destroyed Scotland — do not be ‘Mad Alex!’”

Salmond replied only once, according to the report, defending Scotland’s renewable energy goals in an April 2012 letter to Trump. 

“I don’t expect you to support the development of the offshore wind in Scotland, but I hope this letter will help you to understand the position of the Scottish government in terms of the importance we place on this industry’s great potential,” he wrote.

Trump’s opposition to wind power persisted through his presidential campaign and after he was elected last month. In August, he warned wind power “kills all your birds” — despite the fact that birds are far more likely to die due to collisions with buildings and attacks from domesticated cats — and he reportedly raised the issue of wind power in the UK during a meeting with Nigel Farage last month.

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