Scottish Offshore Windfarm 11, Donald Trump 0.

Mr. Trump: You can save a little face and advertise on the wind turbines...

Ministers in Scotland have approved the windfarm project off the Aberdeen coast despite the opposition of windbag Donald Trump. The 11 wind turbine windfarm is expected to supply enough electricity to power half of the homes in Aberdeen. Supporters of the project should probably send Mr. Trump a fruit basket and thank you note for opposing it. His overseas asshole’ishness probably did more to push the project through than any other factor. [Guardian]

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The Cape Wind Project Will Kill Our Views… Did I Say ‘Views’? I Meant Sea-Life.

Cape Wind project map.The Cape Wind offshore wind turbine project was federally approved in 2010 but it’s grounded today. Why? Because attorneys representing well funded groups are still fighting the project and now they’re bringing sea turtles and other sea-life into the fight. Attorney Eric Glitzenstein, who’s representing Cape Wind opponent Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, emailed Tom Zeller Jr. of Huff Po to explain how Cape Wind will adversely affect marine mammals and sea-life around Nantucket Sound. From Mr. Glitzenstein’s legal brief (in HuffPo):

“… [Cape Wind will kill] migratory birds, including endangered and threatened species, harass federally listed sea turtles, and place the gravely endangered North Atlantic right whale at increased risk of ship strikes – the leading cause of the species’ imperilment. In the course of approving the project, defendants contravened the safeguards that Congress established for the affected wildlife.”

It’s very noble to defend marine life pro bono but it’s way too easy to see-through his statement. Here’s my translation:

“…[Cape Wind will kill] our views, including our endangered and threatened views [of Nantucket Sound], harass our views, and gravely endanger our views…”

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Global Solar Capacity Now Exceeds 100 Gigawatts. Wind Farms Break Records And Want Some Lovin Too.

Record breaking solar and wind power capacity.Not too shabby. Since 2011, over 60 gigawatts (GW) of solar capacity has been installed worldwide. The last 30 GW installed in 2012 push the total solar capacity to 102 GW total. From Smart Planet:

“The preliminary results of the EPIA report shows that growth isn’t just concentrated in well-known solar regions, such as Germany. This year, there was a shift towards a more global PV market, with 13 GW of PV installations occurring outside of Europe, compared to just under 8 GW in 2011. The top three non-European markets were China with at least 3.5 GW and possibly as much as 4.5 GW, the United States with 3.2 GW and Japan with 2.5 GW.”

And not to be forgotten, wind farms added 44.7 GW of capacity in 2012 – beating the industry’s single year record, set in 2011, by 10%. Great to know 2012 was win win for renewable energy and not the end of the world. [Smart Planet and Smart Planet]

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Donald Trump Willing To Scrap Plans For Hotel And Housing At His Scottish Golf Resort If Wind Towers Go Up Offshore

Donald Trump’s bullying is continuing overseas and hopefully the folks behind the offshore wind turbines in Scotland won’t knuckle under. Trump has taken it to a new level and he is now threatening to not build the planned hotel and housing at his golf resort to protest Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group’s offshore wind turbines that his spokesperson Trump Wind Turbinedescribes as an “ugly industrial park directly off the shoreline.” Marine Scotland will decide soon if they’ll go forward with the turbines. For environmentalists, this could be a double-win – no more development on the protected Scottish coast and they get their wind turbines. But if they’re looking to compromise, we proposed a solution in Sep 2011 that might satisfy both parties – Trump gets to see his name and Scotland gets their renewable energy. [Bloomberg and Jubbling]

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Scottish Wind Farm Builders, We Have A Solution To Get Donald Trump Off Your Backs.

Donald Trump is choosing to be an arse in Scotland because being a dong in the U.S. was not enough. First, he pushed through his plan to build a 36 hole golf resort just north of Aberdeen on a protected stretch of Scottish coastline and now he’s opposing the installation of an 11-turbine offshore wind farm. In his words they’re “big, ugly structures” and their installation would be “disastrous and environmentally irresponsible.”

The planning application for the wind farm was submitted by Marine Scotland in August 2011 and would be constructed under a joint venture between Vattenwall (utility), Technip (engineering) and the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group.

Now they could fight Trump or they could take our unsolicited advice on how to get his support and complete their wind farm project:


Trump - The Wind Turbine
Donald Trump loves seeing name and I’m sure his people will kick in for the cost of the decal. He’ll move on and you’ll get your clean energy – it’s a win win. Putting “Trump” on the blades would probably be overkill but you should leave that option open [because he loves seeing his name].

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