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Golf resort vs. offshore wind farm
"Scotland, if you pursue this policy of these monstrous turbines, Scotland will go broke," Trump told the group. "They are ugly, they are noisy and they are dangerous. If Scotland does this, Scotland will be in serious trouble and will lose tourism to places like Ireland, and they are laughing at us."
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond, a well-known proponent of renewable energy, countered Trump by saying that "investing in Scotland does not imply ownership of Scotland," referring to the American business mogul's controversial purchase of a large chunk of environmentally sensitive land on the northern coast of Aberdeen to build the new golf resort.
Salmond added, "energy policy of this country will be determined by the people and the parliament of Scotland and not by any other party."
Oddly enough, some of the same people who opposed Trump's plan to build the course on the sensitive dunes of Aberdeen might side with Trump in his opposition to plans for the 11 turbines, each 200 feet tall, which are part of the government's push for renewable energy.