Trump Fights Wind-Farms Because They’re ‘Ugly Monstrosities’

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Donald Trump expects a court to rule next Wednesday in his legal fight against a planned wind farm that borders a golf resort he owns in Scotland.

Trump says that  new wind farm will spoil the view of a nearby luxury golf resort he owns. Trump has publicly stated that he will stop development at the resort if the wind farm project goes ahead. The planned wind turbines would be about two miles from the course.

Trump began legal challenges to the wind farm more than two years ago and is appealing a previous legal defeat. He has threatened to take his lawsuit to European courts if he loses in the Scottish court.

The company behind the wind farm claims that it would produce enough electricity to power 68,000 UK households over a year.

Environmental groups have also objected to the planned wind farm because of its likeliness to kill local birds.

The United Kingdom has pledged to end wind energy subsidies by the mid-2020s. Residents of the UK paid a whopping 54 percent more for electricity than Americans in 2014, due to subsidies and energy taxes. Such taxes currently cost residents and businesses an estimated £4.3 billion (roughly $6.6 billion) every year.

Polls estimate that electricity is so expensive in the United Kingdom that 38 percent of households are cutting back essential purchases, like food, to pay for high energy bills. Another 59 percent of homes are worried about how they are going to pay energy bills.

Green energy subsidies regularly exceed spending caps and account for roughly 7 percent of British energy bills, according to study released in July by the UK government.

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