An offshore wind farm in Scotland may seem like the last place American real estate mogul Donald Trump would have any stake in, but according to an NPR report, "The Donald" isn't too keen on wind power in the highlands, especially if it interferes with the building of a proposed luxury resort.
The construction of 11 wind turbines within eyeshot of Trump's next development has prompted the mogul to threaten not to build a luxury hotel and golf course unless the wind farm project is nixed.
Trump reportedly called wind farms a "disaster for the environment."
"They kill the birds. They are very expensive in terms of energy. They're made in China," Trump said, as reported by NPR.
In May The Trump Organization lodged a petition with Scotland's Court of Session asking for judicial review of the nation's decision to approve the building of the wind turbines off the coast near Aberdeen in the northeast of Scotland.
Trump's main disagreement with the wind farm appears to be that it will spoil the view for customers at his resort.
"I will not build this hotel if they are going to build this ridiculous wind farm," Trump said, according to NPR. "Who would build a hotel where the windows are looking right into an industrial turbine?"
As Scots prepare to vote next year in a referendum over whether to secede from the United Kingdom, the forefront of the currently in-power Scottish Nationalist party vision is green energy. The group aims have the equivalent of all of Scotland's electricity consumption generated by renewable energy sources by 2020, NPR reports.
Trump has some support among Scots convinced that wind turbines are not a wise economic choice. But environmental activists clearly oppose the mogul's attempt to squash a green energy effort.
Scottish parliament member Patrick Harvie, of the Green Party, called Trump an "arrogant bully" and said the government should not be distracted by the wants of an American business man.
"I think that would be a terrible shame, a terrible opportunity wasted," Harvie said. "We should be pressing ahead with turning that renewable energy into reality."
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