Donald Trump on Saturday lashed out at wind farms, blasting the technology as “expensive” and claiming that the production of wind turbines causes a large carbon footprint. He also claimed to have “studied windmills more than anybody.”
During a speech to the conservative Turning Point USA, Trump told attendees that he “never understood” the allure of wind power plants.
“I never understood wind,” the Trump said before bragging about having extensive knowledge of the subject. “I know windmills very much, I have studied it better than anybody.”
I know it is very expensive. They are made in China and Germany mostly, very few made here, almost none, but they are manufactured, tremendous — if you are into this — tremendous fumes and gases are spewing into the atmosphere. You know we have a world, right?”
“So the world is tiny compared to the universe. So tremendous, tremendous amount of fumes and everything. You talk about the carbon footprint, fumes are spewing into the air, right spewing, whether it is China or Germany, is going into the air,” the president added.
However, according to a report by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), wind farms around the world generated enough energy to avoid 200 million tons of carbon pollution from burning fossil fuels last year, and estimates that most wind power plants repay their own carbon footprints within six months of operation.
Trump also claimed during his speech that wind power plants are responsible for killing birds, including bald eagles.
“A windmill will kill many bald eagles,” he said, according to Mediate. “After a certain number, they make you turn the windmill off, that is true. By the way, they make you turn it off. And yet, if you killed one, they put you in jail. That is OK. But why is it OK for windmills to destroy the bird population?”
A study earlier this year found that the number of birds affected by wind turbines remains far lower than the number killed by domestic animals each year.
President Trump: "I never understood wind, you know I know windmills very much. I've studied it better than anybody." pic.twitter.com/0U432SgNA2
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