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Trump bids to end turbine 'madness'

Mr Trump has halted work on his resort until a decision on the wind farm is made by the Scottish Government. Today, Mr Trump said he had "invested a tremendous amount of money in Scotland because it is a place of great beauty and is also the birthplace of my mother''. He added: "Interestingly, it will be the greatest gift to my mother to stop this atrocity.

US tycoon Donald Trump today said he would help save Scotland from "this madness'' by speaking out against wind turbines.

The flamboyant businessman has been invited to appear before a Holyrood committee which is probing the Scottish Government's green energy targets.

The American billionaire will give evidence to MSPs on the Scottish Parliament's Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee on the issue.

He said: "It will be my great honour to testify about the impact that these atrocious industrial wind turbines will have on Scotland, which are ruining the landscapes and environments all over the world.''

MSPs on the committee are investigating how achievable the Scottish Government's 2020 renewable energy targets are.

Mr Trump was invited to give evidence after he branded wind turbines "ugly monstrosities'' and "horrendous machines'', and decided to bankroll an anti-wind farm campaign "to save Scotland''.

He has already expressed his opposition to a proposed offshore wind farm near the site of the luxury golf resort he is building in Aberdeenshire.

Mr Trump has halted work on his resort until a decision on the wind farm is made by the Scottish Government.

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US tycoon Donald Trump today said he would help save Scotland from "this madness'' by speaking out against wind turbines.

The flamboyant businessman has been invited to appear before a Holyrood committee which is probing the Scottish Government's green energy targets.

The American billionaire will give evidence to MSPs on the Scottish Parliament's Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee on the issue.

He said: "It will be my great honour to testify about the impact that these atrocious industrial wind turbines will have on Scotland, which are ruining the landscapes and environments all over the world.''

MSPs on the committee are investigating how achievable the Scottish Government's 2020 renewable energy targets are.

Mr Trump was invited to give evidence after he branded wind turbines "ugly monstrosities'' and "horrendous machines'', and decided to bankroll an anti-wind farm campaign "to save Scotland''.

He has already expressed his opposition to a proposed offshore wind farm near the site of the luxury golf resort he is building in Aberdeenshire.

Mr Trump has halted work on his resort until a decision on the wind farm is made by the Scottish Government.

Today, Mr Trump said he had "invested a tremendous amount of money in Scotland because it is a place of great beauty and is also the birthplace of my mother''.

He added: "Interestingly, it will be the greatest gift to my mother to stop this atrocity, even more important than having built what is already being considered to be the greatest golf course anywhere in the world.
 
"I look forward to testifying and helping Scotland save itself from this madness.''

Mr Trump has also written to Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, urging him: "Please do not ruin Scotland's environment and its greatest asset - outside of its people - its magnificent coastline.''

Committee convener Murdo Fraser and his deputy John Wilson last week held "exploratory talks'' with the billionaire's son, Donald Trump Jr, and George Sorial of the Trump Organisation.

Today, Mr Fraser said: ``From our preliminary discussions with the Trump Organisation, it was obvious the strength of views they had. The committee agreed they wanted to hear from Donald Trump about his wider concerns regarding the impact of wind energy development on tourism and the economy in Scotland.
 
"The committee is clear that it wants to hear from all sides of the argument - and is inviting a range of organisations to ensure we hear all perspectives on this controversial and complex subject.''

As well as inviting the Trump Organisation to give evidence, they also want to hear from the industry body Scottish Renewables and the environmental group WWF Scotland.

Other groups who will be invited include Communities Against Turbines, Friends of the Earth, professional bodies, local authorities, community councils, universities, colleges, energy suppliers and Government ministers.

Dr Dan Barlow, head of policy at WWF Scotland, said: ``Donald Trump's possible appearance in front of a Holyrood committee gives MSPs the opportunity to re-buff his mis-informed arguments against renewable energy, in particular windfarms.
 
"Scotland's renewable energy targets are both deliverable and necessary if we are to reduce climate emissions and protect householders from rising energy prices caused by the dwindling availability of fossil fuels. Scotland's low carbon ambitions mustn't be blown off course by Donald Trump.''

Meanwhile, Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesman Liam McArthur stressed it was "important that we do not let the spectacle of Mr Trump's appearance mask the serious underlying issue of Scotland's energy future and the need to tackle climate change''.

He said: "Mr Trump has been outspoken in his criticism of a few wind turbines several miles offshore from his golf course. His opposition is noted, but we should not let this distract us from the need to take action to meet our ambitious renewables and climate change targets.''

He added: "Mr Trump has interests in Scotland, but his views are not in Scotland's best interests.''

Green MSP Patrick Harvie said he believed Mr Trump's ``bizarre'' arguments against wind turbines would be ``flattened''.

Mr Harvie said: "The reality is Scotland can lead the way on renewables, creating jobs and protecting our environment. It appears that Mr Trump has no interest in these objectives.
 
"His bizarre and irrational rants do him and other anti-wind campaigners no favours. I am confident if he accepts the invitation any argument he puts forward will be flattened.''


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MAR 9 2012
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