Donald Trump accuses Alex Salmond of ‘destroying Scotland’s coastline’ with wind farm plans

US financial tycoon Donald Trump has accused Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond of being  “hell-bent on destroying Scotland’s coastline” with wind power. Mr Trump, who objects to plans for a wind farm near his Scottish golf resort, said he would not be on board.

Mr Trump has written to Mr Salmond saying: “You will single-handedly have done more damage to Scotland than virtually any event in Scottish history.”

Mr Trump has already said he will abandon his plans for a hotel and houses at his golf resort on the Menie Estate if a nearby wind farm receives approval.

The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre is a £150m venture by Vattenfall, Technip and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group.

Mr Trump also writes in his letter: “Taxing your citizens to subsidise wind projects owned by foreign energy companies will destroy your country and its economy.

At last someone with enough money, common sense and determination is standing up for Scotland’s Historic & Natural Heritage, lets just hope these worth while opinions prevails before the on-going damage becomes irreversible. Read Donald Trump’s letter to Alex Salmond here.


11 comments to Donald Trump accuses Alex Salmond of ‘destroying Scotland’s coastline’ with wind farm plans

  • paul williams

    Every credit to you Donald Trump, Scotlands very influential Eco-warrior.

  • Jock Scott

    Is this some kind of sick joke by Raptor Politics and Paul williams?
    Donald Trump is no eco-warrior and has no interest in or concern for “Scotland’s historic and natural heritage”
    Trump is in the process of building a £1billion golf leisure resort. The planning application for this development was initially rejected by the local planning department on environmental grounds and following objections by many environmental and conservation groups.
    Incredibley this decision was overturned in an unprecidented move by Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond
    Part of this golf resort will be located within the spectacular sand dune system at Menie Links including one third of Foveran Links Site of Special Scientific Interest. This highly sensitive and dynamic dune ecosystem is recognised as one of the top five dune habitats in the whole of the UK.
    The very high nature conservation value of this coastline is recognised at both a European (five priority European habitats are present) and national level (‘coastal sand dunes’ are listed as a priority habitat in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan). Indeed, the whole stretch of coastline hosts a rich assemblage of specially adapted higher and lower plants and other wildlife, including a diverse breeding bird community and otters.
    Of even greater concern, the location of one of the golf courses would result in the destruction of over a third of Foveran Links Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), which is important nationally for both its biological and geological features.
    Trump’s only concern is what effect this wind farm development may have on his golf development. He has already tried every underhanded trick in his book to evict or buy out residents on and near his development.

    Editor’s comment. Thanks Jock, we always knew we could count on you to add petrol to the political shenanigans going on here, or is it corruption?

  • Coop

    “Pot and kettle” perhaps? There! I said it!

  • John Miles

    One of the problems with sand dune systems is that the main grazer is an introduced species into the UK called rabbit. If you except this introduced species as now native then its main predator the Eagle Owl can also be classed as native especially has it has real historic evidence to back it up. As far as Donald Trump, he has been involved with expanding the population of Californian Gnatcatchers on one of his golf courses and here in Scotland is working with SNH to keep the SSSI intact. Yes, SNH would have preferred not have him there but no doubt some of the staff will have gained from his presence!

  • Donald Trump’s wind turbine comments are unimportant – the critical issue is will Scotland support technological innovation and scientific development to boost the economy over the longer term, especially when it comes to the more contentious issues like wind power?

    The current renewables technology is probably equivalent to the Apple 1 computer in 1976 and we all know how computer advances have changed all our lives. Therefore, given the chance, new industries can develop, become more efficient and bring considerable benefits to the economy.

    This is actually a wider debate about Scotland’s commitment to innovation and economic growth over the long term. What better way to start this debate than over the very difficult issue of wind generation?

    We will see this on many blogs but the result of this debate will set the key principles for many other markets.

    Editor’s comment, Thanks Brian, your thoughts are very interesting, look forward to many more of your comments in the future. I hope you have no objection, but we have added a link to your Blog?

  • Circus maximus

    Donald Trump….poacher turned gamekeeper?
    I dont think he is in anyway an enthusiastic conservationist. He treated SNH and The Meanie dunes with contempt. I would speculate that if he is showing concerned about a gnats catcher its only because he was force to do so…in order to destroy something a lot more important than a golf course. I hate wind turbines….but I hope these ones get built so his bluff gets called…

  • Debra Storr

    SNH was a formal objector to the proposals, including being represented at the PLI. Yes they are doing what they can to protect the SSSI but when the designation was the geomorphology of a very active mobile sand dune system (5 – 15m a year) and the golf course a bulldozed these to new shapes and then p,ants grass to stabilise it, the designation reason is entirely in conflict with the planning permission.
    The Menie estate was a shooting estate and the land was manage for the pheasants – mainly vermin control. That has since gone to the detriment of local frond nesting birds
    Trumps objection to the proposed wind development is visual – he thinks it impacts the economic viability of his site.
    He has the green credentials of AstroTurf.

  • Corinne Caumartin

    I was until this morning rather raptor neutral. After reading the blitheringly idiotic, small minded and ill informed post, I can safely write that if the result of defending birds of prey leads you to this sort of stupidity: count me out. For goodness sake, Trump has been busy destroying what was a unique sand dune system to build a golf course for the rich and famous, who supposedly will fly in and out to get to the exclusive resort and has bullied and bought his way into obtaining a planning permission. Nevermind the abuse and misery he has inflicted on the families and people who do not see why they should leave their home to make room for the resort…..but that is nothing, apparently nothing at all compared to the prospects of an offshore wind farm as far as Raptor is concerned?

    The heart sinks, the mind boggles…….Nope if that is the way the raptor community thinks, I know which side of the fence I am on….

  • Jock Scott

    I think you are quite correct in your summing up of this post and Paul Williams’ ridiculous comment.
    It is true that a minority of raptor enthusiasts become so involved or wrapped up in their own species or area (or both) they fail to see the bigger picture.
    But, please remember that this is a minority, most of us have broad concerns over a wide range of environmental issues and manage to maintain some degree of sanity.
    Don’t be put off and continue to stand up for what you know is right!

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  • paul williams

    Donald Trump isn’t doing what your elected leader Salmon is doing….ruining the whole of Scotland’s Natural beauty.