Responding to the news today (23 February) that Donald Trump intends to give funds to the Communities Against Turbines Scotland (CATS) group, Stan Blackley, Chief Executive of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said:

“While Donald Trump’s involvement in any campaign might boost its coffers, it will also certainly damage its credibility as well. Any campaign group should be very careful about engaging with Donald Trump at this time.

“I strongly suspect the real reason behind Donald Trump’s opposition to the proposed offshore wind farm near his golf course development has nothing to do with his stated love for Scotland and everything to do with his looking for an excuse to get out of finishing the job. The economic situation has changed since Trump first planned this development and there are serious questions now being asked about its future viability and profitability.

“It is imperative that the Scottish Government continues to work towards the transition to a low carbon economy and a renewable-powered future for Scotland. Scotland is uniquely placed to realistically achieve this and has more than its fair share of wind, wave and water resource to help make it happen, whether an American Billionaire likes it or not.

“Scotland’s energy policy must be driven by the need to tackle climate change and create a sustainable and secure economic future for the country, not just to please an American reality TV star.”

ENDS

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Notes to Editors

Friends of the Earth Scotland is * Scotland’s leading environmental campaigning organisation * An independent Scottish charity with a network of thousands of supporters and active local groups across Scotland * Part of the largest grassroots environmental network in the world, uniting over 2 million supporters, 77 national member groups, and some 5,000 local activist groups – covering every continent.
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