President-elect bombarded Alex Salmond with letters in an attempt to block offshore wind project near Trump’s golf resort
US President-elect Donald Trump spent years hounding the former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond over plans to build an offshore wind farm near the businessman’s golf resort in Aberdeenshire, leaked letters have shown.
The missives, sent by Trump between 2011 and 2013, were obtained by the Huffington Post via a Freedom of Information request. Sixteen were published in full yesterday by the outlet for the first time, although details of some of the correspondence have been made public previously.
The letters reveal an aggressive anti-wind campaign from Trump, who at points accuses Salmond of risking bankrupting Scotland by pressing ahead with the “reckless installation” of turbines, which he dubs “monsters”.
Trump warned Salmond would be known as “Mad Alex” and said Scotland’s economy would “become a third world wasteland that investors will avoid” if he allowed the project to go ahead.
He repeatedly urges Salmond to block Swedish energy giant Vattenfall’s plan to build a 92.4MW offshore wind farm off the coast of Aberdeenshire, where Trump’s golf resort is located.
Trump alleges several times that offshore wind energy has “failed”, despite the fact a number of successful projects were up and running in the UK and beyond when the letters were written. Offshore wind delivered five per cent of the UK’s electricity needs last year, according to the latest figures from RenewableUK.
In July Vattenfall announced it is pressing ahead with the planned Aberdeenshire Bay windfarm, after Trump last year lost a supreme court challenge to block the development. Once completed in 2018, the $349m, 92.4MW windfarm will generate enough clean electricity to power 130,000 households.