Gallery: Donald Trump Picks a Mean Fight with Scotland Over Offshore Wi...


Donald Trump may be a real estate mogul with an estimated worth of who knows how many billions — we think it might be seven — and a penchant for trying to derail presidential campaigns but that’s not stopping Scottish authorities from standing up for themselves in the face of this combed-over bully. Trump started a nasty feud with the nation when they announced plans to erect a series of windmills in Aberdeen Bay near Trump’s new luxury golf resort in Aberdeenshire. The Don threw a tantrum, wrote a personal letter to Scotland’s first minister, Alex Salmond, shut down construction on the golf course and said he wouldn’t start building again until Scottish authorities promised not to erect those “ugly monstrosities”. Now the Scottish government is fighting back calling his tantrum “embarrassing” and assuring the world they won’t be “bullied by Mr. Trump and his millions.”

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  1. John_Edwards February 14, 2012 at 4:31 am

    Trump justified the destruction of a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and the departure from the Structure Plan (which was to leave the area as undeveloped coast) on the grounds that the economy needed to diversify as the oil runs out. If the oil is running out (it is not) the area will need other sources of energy, and find other applications for the expertise in offshore structural engineering that the area has developed.

    msyin — Askernish is a low energy, low impact golf course (though getting there is not low energy).

  2. Brian C Pope February 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Donald Trump’s wind turbine comments are unimportant – the critical issue is will Scotland support technological innovation and scientific development to boost the economy over the longer term, especially when it comes to the more contentious issues like wind power?

    The current renewables technology is probably equivalent to the Apple 1 computer in 1976 and we all know how computer advances have changed all our lives. Therefore, given the chance, new industries can develop, become more efficient and bring considerable benefits to the economy.

    This is actually a wider debate about Scotland’s commitment to innovation and economic growth over the long term. What better way to start this debate than over the very difficult issue of wind generation?

    We will see this on many blogs but the result of this debate will set the key principles for many other markets.

  3. msyin February 10, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    How embarrassing. Well, we aren’t all like The Donald. The world doesn’t really need another green dessert golf course and as pointed out, he was not building a sustainably low impact world class course (which would have been a first) and apparently not much of a clue as the the true meaning of what is truly damaging to an environment. He is not alone in his views but the Scots obviously have a far reaching plan that I hope they will see through. You can imagine now what we have to go through here in the USA to get things like this done if he is behaving like this. Good on you Scotland.

  4. Calvin K February 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    I never understand why some people are so opposed to seeing wind turbines in the landscape. I for one actually find them charming.
    I wonder when windmills started popping up in Netherlands or tall belfry started to dot the skylines, were there people up in arms detesting them?
    (protest against minarets in Swtizerland is politically and ideologically based… so could Trump hates Wind Turbines so much because they reminds him how much a failure he is in term of sustainability?)

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