Thursday, December 22, 2016
Donald Trump's Insane War on Wind Turbines
Of all the horrible things Donald Trump is threatening to do, and there are so many, his promise to end the war against climate change is the worst.
For there is no greater threat to the future of humanity, and his claim that climate change is a hoax is not just wrong, it's insane.
And if you want to know just how crazy he is, all you have to do is read his angry messages to the former First Minister of Scotland.
And his deranged war on wind turbines.
Donald Trump harangued the former first minister of Scotland as “Mad Alex” and accused him of being on a “march to oblivion” in a series of increasingly angry and eccentric letters about windfarms he claimed were blighting his Scottish golf courses.
Referring to windfarms as “monsters”, the series of letters suggests Salmond “let them ruin the coastline of Sweden first”, declaring that “wind power doesn’t work” and warning him that “your economy will become a third world wasteland that investors will avoid”.
For not only are those claims bizarre, this one is so ridiculous anyone even vaguely familiar with the bloody history of Scotland can only shake their heads or laugh.
The letters, dated from September 2011 to June 2013, show the billionaire fulminating at the consequences of windfarm development, as well as displaying a rather partial grasp of Scottish history: “The people of Scotland will forever suffer! With the reckless installation of these monsters, you will single-handedly have done more damage to Scotland than virtually any event in Scottish history!”
Or raise a large Mexican flag next to one of his golf courses on the Aberdeenshire coast...
To show him what they think of him.
And as somebody who knows that coast like the back of my hand, I can solemnly declare that the only blight on the land are his hideous golf courses.
Which are ruining these dunes where I played as a boy...
Most of the wind turbines Scotland has built, and is planning to build, are too far out to sea to be seen.
And Trump sounds as crazy as he sounded when on a recent visit to the country where his mother was born he famously declared this...
And while I would normally leave it at that, because the last thing I want to do is remind people that the orange oaf is half Scottish, this is too insane to be ignored.
In another epistle, this time addressed to Philip Hammond, Trump thanked the then defence secretary for “your ongoing objection to these horrendous machines that will ruin Scotland and compromise the United Kingdom’s air defence program”. He concluded: “The defence of the UK is far too important to tinker with just to satisfy Alex Salmond’s bloated ego.”
For anyone who thinks that wind turbines could compromise the UK's air defence program is unfit to run a golf course let alone a country.
But it does make me wonder whether Trump's deranged war on climate change stems from his war on those windfarms, because as we know he is a vindictive monster, and for him business always comes first.
He does seem obsessed with wind power...
And he strikes me as the kind of man who would burn down the house to spite his enemies, or cut off his nose to spite his face.
And the good news?
The Scottish courts deep-sixed Trump's attempt to ban wind turbines...
Scotland is making great progress towards powering itself with renewable resources.
Trump is persona non grata from the lowlands to the highlands...
The curse of the planet.
And the shame of Scotland...
And of course, when you resist him, as we must, before he torches the planet.
Please feel free to use this old song as your inspiration...
Once upon a time, a small country stood up to a bully.
If it could defeat him, so can others.
Scotland forever and never ever Trump...