Trump rips Scottish gov't after losing wind farm appeal

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Donald Trump blasted the Scottish government as “foolish, small minded and parochial” after Britain’s Supreme Court unanimously rejected Trump’s appeal to stop an offshore wind farm from being built near his luxury resort. 

The legal battle began in 2013, when the Scottish government green-lighted an 11-turbine farm off the coast. Trump and his lawyers argued that the customers at his resort would see the farm from some of the holes and that it could prevent future development.

“History will judge those involved unfavorably and the outcome demonstrates the foolish, small minded and parochial mentality which dominates the current Scottish government’s dangerous experiment with wind energy,” the Trump Organization said in a statement. 

Scotland’s energy minister defended the wind farm, saying that it will “give the industry the ability to test and demonstrate new technologies to enable costs to be further reduced.” 

Trump International Golf Links, which opened in 2012 after seven years and $150 million in construction costs, was ranked inside the top 50 of Golf Magazine’s list of top 100 courses in the world.

Last week, Trump Turnberry was reportedly removed from the Open rota, though Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte reported, via sources at the R&A, that the links course was never under consideration for the 2020 or ’21 Open. The Telegraph also reported that the European Tour was distancing itself from the presidential hopeful and that plans for the 2017 Scottish Open to be held at Trump International Golf Links had been “ripped up.”