The Americans have the President whose hatred of windmills is no less epic. He thinks they're cancer-causing bird killers that drive down property values and he fought against putting them in the sight of his golf course.
"Hillary wanted to put up wind," said President Donald Trump at a fundraiser for Republicans in Washington Tuesday, kicking off an extended riff about the winds of windmills – wind turbines, more accurately – and the inadequacy of wind energy.
Trump: "If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, it's worth it, congratulations, your house just went down 75% in value. "
Trump fought for a decade against the Scottish government's effort to install a renewable energy wind farm off the coast of Aberdeen, which could be seen from its eponymous golf course there. He called them "horrible idea" and "ugly" in court documents.
Trump: "And they say that the noise causes cancer. You said that one, OK." (Then he made circles with his hands and a noise with his mouth.) "You know the thing makes so …"
Trump: "… and of course it's like a grave yard for birds. If you love birds, you'd never want to walk under a windmill because it's a very sad, sad sight. It's like a cemetery.We put a little statue for the poor birds.It's true.You know in California if you shoot a bald eagle they put you in jail for five years.And yet the windmills They wipe them all out. It's true. They wipe them out. It's terrible. "
Trump: "I told the story about at CPAC, the woman, she wants to watch television and she says to her husband, "Is the wind blowing? I'd love to watch a show tonight, dear. The wind has not blown up for three days. I can not watch 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 make those things. They're all made in China and Germany, by the way, just in case you, we do not make them here essentially. "
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