In a swipe at the clean energy industry last year, then-candidate Trump bemoaned that wind turbines were “killing all the Golden Eagles” in California. As a blustering source of wind himself Trump was trying to appease the climate change deniers during his 2016 campaign, mimicking their minimalist concern on how windmills kill “hundreds and hundreds” of the world’s “most precious birds”.
However this humane consideration from someone who is on no one’s list for being environmentally friendly is easily unveiled for business interests when in the next breath he said, “Having said that I support all forms of energy”. Some sacrifices are more valuable than others it seems
It’s true that windmills kill between 214,000 and 368,000 birds annually, including our national bird when they collide with wind turbines. But many more are killed by cats (1.4 billion to 3.7 billion) and cell phone towers (6.8 million )
Certainly not birds of a feather
One other factor indicates that Trump’s concern about windmills impacting bald eagle populations is malarkey. An incident just a few months earlier might explain Trump’s real opposition to wind energy. One that showed greater concern for his profit margins at his golf resort in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Claiming the eleven wind turbines being built there would “completely destroy the bucolic Aberdeen Bay and cast a terrible shadow upon the future of tourism for the area” seems pretentious at best. Trump apparently has no problem ruining the sacred land of native Americans in North Dakota to run the Keystone pipe line through the Standing Rock Reservation. One he has a personal investment in.
Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. – George Orwell
These cavalier attitudes of Trump’s toward clean energy loom large on our nation as he takes the helm of the executive branch of government. Where Obama was able to over ride Republican efforts to prevent measures that would expand our clean energy sources and work to reduce our carbon foot print, Trump and a GOP House and Senate will now threaten to take measures that will likely hasten the rapid deterioration of polar and glacial ice and the contamination of seas and the oceans as higher levels of CO2 and methane GHGs from man’s activities build up in earth’s atmosphere and vast bodies of water.
The economic opportunity available to us now through incredible renewable energy resources of solar, wind and tidal energy that can power our economy, create good paying jobs and reduce greenhouse gas pollution may be lost beyond recovery as the climate deniers finally gain ascendancy in the nation’s capital.