Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon took a swipe at Donald Trump over
climate change ahead of the US president’s visit to the UK.
With Mr Trump expected to travel to Scotland to visit his golf courses next
week, Ms Sturgeon used a speech in London to stress the need for clean energy.
Careful not to mention the US president by name, the First Minister
recalled his opposition to 11 wind turbines off the coast of Aberdeen.
Alex Salmond, warning about the impact the turbines would have”>A letter by
Donald Trump to then first minister Alex Salmond, warning about the impact
the turbines would have (Scottish Government/PA)
She told the FutureFest conference: “A few years ago you might have heard
of these turbines because a famous golf course owner from America who, I
think, has now turned his hand to politics, decided to take the Scottish
government to court to try to block these wind turbines because he thought
they spoiled the view from his new golf course.
“I’m very pleased to tell you today the Scottish government beat that
American golf course owner in court.
“Just earlier this week, in fact, these amazing wind turbines generated
their first electricity. They are marvels of engineering, but, even more
importantly than that, very soon they will be generating enough electricity
for almost three quarters of all homes in the city of Aberdeen.
“So, we continue to promote renewable energy projects like that one.”
Mr Trump drew widespread condemnation for pulling the US out of the Paris
climate change agreement.