Trumps hatred for turbines isn’t arbitrary. An offshore wind farm is slated to rise near his new 1,400-acre coastal golfing destination in Scotland, which he promotes as the world’s greatest golf course.
But lucky for Trump, his heated feud with Scotland’s turbines has gotten him something he loves — attention from the news media.
In an interview on “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” Tuesday night, Trump said he has filed a lawsuit against the nation of Scotland over the plan to erect 11 wind turbines off the coast of his golf course.
The turbines would have an installed capacity of up to 100 megawatts and produce enough electricity to power more than 68,000 homes.
“We’re suing a country,” he told reporter Bernard Goldberg. “We’re doing very well and I think I’m doing a great service because people in Scotland and many other places didn’t know how to fight these things.”
The Trump International Golf Links’ two golf courses were built along three coastal miles and across sand dunes thousands of years old, drawing ire from environmentalists and neighbors. Trump also plans to construct a 450-room luxury hotel on the property. But he said he will drop the plan if Scotland doesn’t kill the offshore wind farm.
“These windmills are as tall as Trump Tower. That’s like a massive skyscraper coming out of Aberdeen Bay,” Trump said. “Who would spend hundreds of millions of dollars building a hotel when you’re looking into a turbine? These are industrial turbines. They make noise. They create shadows.”
Trump assures that he won’t back down in his legal fight against the Scottish government.
“It’s not going to be an easy battle,” he said. “But we’ll win.”
Watch a portion of Trump’s interview about the controversy on “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel”: