Donald Trump attacking windmills – why does he hate wind?

  • Published on September 26th, 2012

trump vs windWhy does the GOP hate wind power so much? For most of them, it seems they just love big oil too much and want to be faithful (family values!) You won’t find them running around with just any old energy source.

In Donald Trump’s case, he’s got a little extra going, though. He recently tweeted (via):

English taxpayers should stop subsidizing the destruction of Scotland by paying massive subsidies for ugly wind turbines.

What’s going on?

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Trump is building a golf resort. In Scotland. And he fears those ugly wind turbines will screw up his views.

NIMBY is a problem for offshore wind all around the country – the Cape Wind windfarm project off the Massachusetts coast cape wind... tiny, distant, "ugly"?faced opposition from Democrats who should have been friendly but didn’t want their pristine views from Martha’s Vinyard despoiled by tiny, distant…. “ugly” turbines.

Of course, the man who once entertained the fleeting, idiotic notion that he might be the GOP presidential candidate has to spout the official party line: “Wind can’t win without subsidies so we should kill it.” He says:

Other countries throughout the world are abandoning wind turbine projects and not building previously approved structures because the economics just don’t work.

Without subsidies from England, Scotland would not be able to sustain his folly. … we intend to fight this application and defeat these horrendous proposals that will ultimately destroy Scotland.

Lovely apocalyptic language, particularly ironic coming from the man who “Relied on tax breaks and federal funding to build his real estate empire,” as reported by the LA Times:

From his first high-profile project in New York City in the 1970s to his recent campaigns to reduce taxes on property he owns around the country, Trump has displayed a consistent pattern. He courted public officials, sought their backing for government tax breaks under extraordinarily beneficial terms and fought any resistance to deals he negotiated.

  • Trump was launched into the world of million-dollar deals by his father, Fred C. Trump, who left a $250-million estate based partly on building government-backed housing for middle-income tenants in Brooklyn and Queens.
  • Trump’s first major real estate triumph in Manhattan was to buy and transform the Hotel Commodore, a derelict colossus at Grand Central Station. He was 27 when he persuaded the city and a state development corporation to back him in the makeover …the city granted the project the 40-year full property tax abatement …a deal that in the first decade cost taxpayers $60 million.
  • In New York, Trump was the first developer to receive a public subsidy for commercial projects under programs initially reserved for improving slum neighborhoods.
  • He has boasted of manipulating government agencies, misleading officials in one case into believing he had an exclusive agreement to develop a property and then retroactively changing the development’s accounting practices to shrink his tax bill.
  • Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) fought Trump over hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding that the developer wanted for a luxury apartment complex…  Nadler told him,  ‘Listen, Mr. Trump, if you think this is a good project, you spend the money.’

Typical. The party that preaches free-market purism to others… is the first to sidle up to the government trough to pay for their own projects. Which is why subsidies for big oil are sacrosanct – “Cutting them would kill jobs!” – but subsidies for wind energy are “folly”. Sad that the GOP’s plans to cut the wind energy tax credit may be biting them in the ass, as wind-friendly voters in Iowa, where the cut may cost 7,000 or more jobs, seem to be ditching the GOP (See: Romney’s policy on wind energy is a real job-killer).

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About the Author

Jeremy Bloom is the Editor of RedGreenAndBlue. He lives in New York, where he combines his passion for the environment with his passion for film, and is working on making the world a better place.
  • I hate dt

    Donald Trump is a douche bag. That’s it.

  • Anne Mackenzie-Low

    nd environement for $$$. When he’s gone, only dust will remain and harshness.

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