Trump says Alex Salmond is 'destroying' Scotland with wind farms

US businessman Donald Trump has accused Scottish First Minister of destroying Scotland through the use of wind farm technology.

Mr Trump is bitterly opposed to plans for 11 giant wind turbines off the coast of Aberdeenshire, which he claims will ruin the views from his new championship golf course on the Menie Estate north of Aberdeen, the Telegraph reports.

He has previously announced that he plans to halt all new work on the pounds $1bn project - including plans for a luxury hotel and holiday homes - until the wind facility has been rejected by ministers.

The row escalated when he responded to comments by Mr Salmond at a renewable energy event this week, when the First Minister said wind farms were creating thousands of jobs and Mr Trump would get on board when Scotland was established as a world leader in green energy.

However Mr Trump has responded by calling the wind energy plans "insane", before adding that he was funding an "international campaign" against wind turbines around the Scottish coast.

He wrote: "I have read your recent statements concerning so called 'wind power'. For the record, taxing your citizens to subsidise wind projects owned by foreign energy companies will destroy your country and its economy.”

A spokesman for the Scottish Executive said an application for the project was under consideration, adding: “A recent study suggests that harnessing just a third of the practical resource off our coast by 2050 would enable us to generate enough electricity to power Scotland seven times over.”

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