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Trump: Ministers lied over wind farm support  

Credit:  Robbie Dinwoodie, Chief Scottish Political Correspondent, The Herald, www.heraldscotland.com 23 April 2012 ~~

Donald Trump caused a political storm after touching down in Scotland and accusing Government ministers of lying about his organisation’s past support for wind farms.

The property developer landed in Aberdeen in his private jet yesterday afternoon and said ministers “had to be kidding” about claims his lawyers backed “appropriately located” turbines.

Mr Trump is due to give evidence at a Holyrood committee later this week as part of a bid to stop turbines being built offshore from his golfing development in Aberdeenshire.

Speaking as he arrived on Scottish soil, the businessman said: “They have to be kidding.

“They know, right from the beginning, if there was going to be something called wind power, which by the way is a very poor form of energy, we would not have done the job.

“We will be able to prove that very easily. Obviously, I haven’t supported it and if they’ve said that then they are lying.”

The Sunday Herald revealed lawyers acting for his company wrote to energy firm Vattenfall in 2010 backing the use of wind power.

The letter, which was copied to First Minister Alex Salmond and planning officials, said: “The Trump Organisation fully supports efforts being made by the Scottish Government and the Scottish renewable energy industry to achieve ambitious national targets to meet 20% of Scotland’s energy demand from renewable sources by 2020. Our clients support proposals for appropriately located wind farms and ultimately wish your projects every success.”

The note is in stark contrast to Mr Trump’s recent criticism of the renewable energy source when he claimed it could “completely end” tourism in Scotland.

The row came as Mr Salmond faced fresh criticism for failing to reveal the collapse of the £170 million Doosan energy project after it emerged he corrected a minor error in the parliamentary record just last month.

Source:  Robbie Dinwoodie, Chief Scottish Political Correspondent, The Herald, www.heraldscotland.com 23 April 2012

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