Donald Trump appeared in front of the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday to try to block the proposed construction of an offshore wind farm.
The renewable energy project would directly affect his £750 million ($1.2 billion) golf resort in Balmedie, and Trump told Parliament's Economy, Energy, and Tourism Committee that the plan would destroy Scotland's tourism industry.
Scotland, if you pursue this policy of these monstrous turbines, Scotland will go broke, Trump said. 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 has proposed building 11 200-foot tall wind turbines off the coast of Aberdeenshire in an effort to reach the government's green goals for 2020. Despite Trump's insistence that it will resemble a “bad version of Disneyland,” Scotland's tourism agency says fewer than 20 percent of visitors would take the turbines into consideration when planning a trip to the country.
When asked to provide his own evidence for his claims, Trump replied, I am the evidence, I am a world-class expert in tourism, to which the public gallery burst into laughter, according to the Associated Press.
The American real estate mogul also made it clear that his objections were based solely on tourism and revenue, not on any qualms around wind power or green energy. However, Trump has said in the past that he doesn't believe in global warming and has called greenhouse gas emissions “phony and totally random,” according to the Telegraph.
“I don’t think you should ruin your countryside,” Trump said on Wednesday. “I don’t think you should ruin the looks and the great beauty of Scotland, which is one of its great assets, if not its single greatest asset.”
“If you dot your landscape with these horrible, horrible structures, you will do tremendous damage.
Trump seems to be attracted to environmental controversy in Scotland. The construction of his golf course, which was built into sand dunes which were home to rare wading birds, met protests by environmentalists, as well as locals who were forced to leave their homes on the edge of the course.
He also intends to build a new luxury hotel nearby his golf course, but will cancel his plans if the wind farm is erected, the Telegraph reported.