US tycoon Donald Trump is set to visit the Scottish Parliament to air his views on windfarms.
MSPs on the energy, economy and tourism committee have invited the billionaire to give evidence as part of their inquiry into the Scottish Government’s renewable targets.
Mr Trump 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.”
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, who is fighting an offshore development near his luxury golf development in Aberdeenshire, has vowed to bankroll a £10 million anti-windfarm campaign.
He sent executive vice-president George Sorial to a meeting organised by Cameron Community Council last week to discuss the growing number of windfarm applications in Fife.
Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser, convener of the Holyrood committee, met the billionaire’s son, Donald Trump jr and Mr Sorial last week to set up the visit to parliament.
”From our preliminary discussions with the Trump organisation, it was obvious the strength of views they had,” said Mr Fraser. ”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.”
He added that the committee wants to hear ”from all sides of the argument” and is inviting a range of organisations.
It is understood Mr Trump is likely to appear before the committee shortly after the April recess.
Committee member Scottish Green MSP Patrick Harvie said he was ”confident” Mr Trump’s arguments against windfarms would be ”flattened.”
Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesman Liam McArthur said: ”It is 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.”
Mr Trump has halted work on his Aberdeenshire resort until the decision is made by the Scottish Government.
As part of their inquiry into renewable energy targets, MSPs will consider if the technology needed to achieve this is available and affordable.
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