The Americans have the president whose hatred of wind turbines is no less epic. He believes they are carcinogenic birdwatchers who run down property values and he struggled to put them in sight of his golf course.
"Hillary wanted to wind," said President Donald Trump at a fundraiser for the Republicans in Washington on Tuesday postponing an extended riff on the turbines' woes – more accurate wind turbines – and insufficient wind energy. It is worth looking at in its entirety, as it obviously becomes part of his stubble and gives birth to his greater distrust of renewable energy and his mocking of climate change.
Trump: "If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations, your house just went down by 75% in value."
Trump fought in a decade against the Scottish Government's attempt to install a renewable energy wind farm off the Aberdeen coast that could be seen from his eponymous golf course there. He called them a "horrible idea" and "ugly" in legal documents.
Trump: "And they say the noise causes cancer. You told me, OK." (Then he made circles with his hands and a noise with his mouth.) "You know it does …"
Trump: "… and of course it is like a graveyard for birds. If you love birds, you will never go under a windmill because it is a very sad, sad sight, it's like a cemetery We make a little statue for the poor birds It is true, you know in California, if you shoot a bald eagle, they put you in jail for five years and yet the windmills they dry them all out, it's true they dry them out. terrible. "
Trump: "I told the story that CPAC, the woman, she wants to watch television, and she says to her husband:" Blowing the wind? I want to see a show tonight, honey. The wind has not been blown for three days. I can't see television, Darling, please tell the wind to blow. "
Trump: "No, wind is not so good and you have no idea how expensive it is to do these things. They are all made in China and Germany, by the way, just in case we don't make them here essentially. "The wind industry has been in a tear. The fastest growing occupation in the US in 2017 was a wind turbine engineer, although it is still a small part of the economy, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. More than 105,000 Americans are employed in the wind industry at all 50 states, according to the US wind power association, a trading group. The industry relies on imports from "a wide range" of countries, according to the Energy Department.
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