If there was ever any doubt, and in my mind there never was, that Donald Trump is mentally ill, I bet even Trump supporters will not be able to dispute that by the end of this post! This post will make you laugh, cry and snarl, all in under 1,200 words! And then you will ask yourself yet again how the Sam Heck this ‘man’ got elected to the highest office in the land.
Donald Trump owns two golf courses in Scotland. We all know this because he has bragged about them and what a success they are, despite the fact that records show he has lost some $31 million on them in the past few years, and has made many enemies in Scotland in the process. Trump decided that the wind turbines used to produce clean, renewable energy did not enhance the view from his golf course, and so he went on a mission to have them removed. Not only did he wish the turbines near his golf courses removed, but he wanted all the wind turbines in all of Scotland (and perhaps the world) removed. Now, we all know that when Trump decides he wants something, whether that ‘something’ makes any sense or not, he goes after it with … shall we say, unrelenting vigor?
Alexander Salmond was the First Minister of Scotland from 2007-2014, during which time Trump built and opened his golf course in Aberdeen. Salmond is a man who strongly supported renewable energy, such as … well, wind turbines. Trump, never one to be cowed, began writing a series of what Mr. Salmond refers to as ‘green-ink’ letters, lengthy letters to a politician or journalist, expressing eccentric views, to Mr. Salmond. In the letters he refers to Mr. Salmond as ‘Mad Alex’. I can only include some snippets here, but they are actually quite hilarious, and since we all need a laugh from time to time, I suggest you read more here.
- “Let them ruin the coastline of Sweden first”
- “Hopefully, Aberdeen’s magnificent coastlines will not be destroyed by these monsters”
- “These countries, who benefit from your billions of pounds in payments, are laughing at you!”
- “Do you want to be known as ‘Mad Alex – the man who destroyed Scotland’?”
- “Your economy will become a third world wasteland that investors will avoid”
- “Wind power does not work”
- “I will be your greatest cheerleader if you can change or modify your stance”
- “Your idea of independence is ‘Gone With The Wind’”
- “Germany has cut back on windmills … why not sell them to Scotland if Scotland is stupid enough to buy them”
- “These monstrous turbines are extremely unpopular in Scotland and the rest of the world – there is a great uprising against them”
- “Spoiling Scotland’s spectacular landscape with ugly turbines will cause the tourism sector to collapse”
- “Do not be the man who destroyed Scotland – do not be ‘Mad Alex’”
These are but a few samples … I have not read all 16 letters published today by the Huffington Post, who obtained copies by filing a Freedom of Information request, but what I have read thus far is enough to convince me that this ‘man’ has the mind and temperament of a five-year-old child! He vacillates between wheedling/coaxing and rude/crude during the two-year letter writing campaign. First Minister Salmond responded only once with “I don’t expect you to support the development of offshore wind in Scotland. But I hope this letter will help you to understand the position of the Scottish government in terms of the importance we place on this industry’s great potential.”
When his letter-writing campaign failed to produce the desired results, Trump did what he always does … he sued the government to block the turbines, kicking off an expensive legal battle. Late last year, Britain’s highest court ruled against Trump. His response? “History will judge those involved unfavorably and the outcome demonstrates the foolish, small-minded and parochial mentality which dominates the current Scottish Government’s dangerous experiment with wind energy.”
Last month, Trump met with Britain’s own Nigel Farage, and, never one to let sleeping dogs lie, he once again brought up the subject of the wind turbines. Andy Wigmore, a member of Farage’s delegation, had this to say about the meeting:
“He has a bugbear. He doesn’t like windfarms at all. He said ‘When I look out of my window and I see these windmills, it offends me. Nigel, Arron, Andy, you have got to do something about these windmills.’ He said: ‘Let’s put them offshore, but why spoil the beautiful countryside.’ So he has asked us to campaign about getting rid of windfarms in the way they currently stand. I don’t want Scotland, the most beautiful country ever to be sullied by these awful windmills.”
Never let it be said that Trump takes defeat lightly. He has many “reasons” for his objection to windfarms:
- “First of all, we don’t make the windmills in the United States. They’re made in Germany and Japan.”
- “They’re made out of massive amounts of steel, which goes into the atmosphere, whether it’s in our country or not, it goes into the atmosphere.”
- “The windmills kill birds.” (The man whose sons murder lions, elephants and cheetahs for sport suddenly cares about birds???)
- “Windmills need massive subsidies. In other words, we’re subsidizing wind mills all over this country.”
- “For the most part they don’t work. I don’t think they work at all.”
Each of the above statements has been fact-checked by Wind Power Monthly and proven either false or mostly false. Please check out their article, as it contains some interesting snippets of conversation between Trump and Michael Barbaro of the New York Times.
There is so much of interest on Trump’s building of his golf courses in Scotland that I may have to do a separate post on that, but for this post I mainly wanted to focus on his attitude toward wind power as a renewable energy source. Despite the humour of some of his bombastic comments, there is a serious issue here. We can see from this that Trump does not give up. Ever. He will argue, I presume, with a brick until it finally crumbles. And his take on renewable energy and energy conservation methods that are designed to slow the progression of destruction of our atmosphere is that they are all useless and we should instead open additional mining and drilling operations for fossil fuels. So picture, if you will, the certain-to-happen battle between Trump and Congress, or Trump and the 50 states over energy policies.
While there are some downsides to wind as a source of renewable energy, overall it is viable both economically and environmentally. You can check out the pros and cons here. About 4% of the electricity generated in the United States is produced from wind energy. In 2013, Iowa and South Dakota produced more than 25% of their energy from the wind. It is certainly not something we want to discount in terms of working toward a cleaner, healthier environment.
Trump’s bombast is humorous on the surface, but beneath the surface, he is a powder keg looking for places to explode. He cares more about the view from his golf course than he does about the air we breathe and the future of our planet. Unfortunately, all of us, democrats, republicans, independents … all of us are going to pay the price for this ‘man’ being elected last month. The mind of a five-year-old in a fat man’s body.