U.S. President-elect Donald Trump told British politicians he hates “awful” wind turbines in Scotland because he believes they “sully” the country’s beauty, according to BBC News.
Trump allegedly told Nigel Farage and Andy Wigmore, both of whom were leaders of the Brexit movement, that he’s “personally offended” by wind turbines.
“He has got a bugbear – he doesn’t like wind farms at all,” Wigmore told BBC News. Trump allegedly told him “when I look out of my window and I see these windmills, it offends me. You’ve got to do something about these windmills. Let’s put them offshore, why spoil the beautiful countryside?'”
Trump has long fought against a proposed new wind farm he says 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 is built. The planned wind turbines will be about two miles from the course.
Trump began legal challenges to the wind farm more than two years ago, but lost the legal battle in a unanimous decision. However, the president-elect has threatened to take his lawsuit to European courts.
Local environmental groups have also objected to the planned wind farm because of its likeliness to kill local birds. The company behind the wind farm claims that it would produce enough electricity to power 68,000 U.K. households over a year.
Polls estimate that largely due to subsidies for wind power and other green energy, electricity is so expensive in the U.K. 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 British government.
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