The story of Donald Trump's feud with his one true nemesis: Windmills
On Tuesday, at a petrochemical complex in natural gas-rich western Pennsylvania, the president was, once again, howling at the wind.
He ranted about "big windmills" that "destroy everybody's property values, kill all the birds." They're unreliable, he claimed, darkening people's homes. "And then, all of a sudden, it stops; the wind and the televisions go off," he added. "And your wives and husbands say, Darling, I want to watch Donald Trump on television tonight. But the wind stopped blowing and I can't watch. There's no electricity in the house, darling.'"
In April, at a Republican fundraising dinner, the president warned, "If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations, your house just went down 75 percent in value." He asserted that "the noise causes cancer." Also, "It's like a graveyard for birds," he added. "If you love birds, you'd never want to walk under a windmill."
But. It can't be that he's just crazy. So. What's the real story?
What have wind turbines ever done to Trump?
Here, it gets personal. Which, for Trump, means business. In 2006, he purchased 1,800 acres of property to develop as a luxury golf resort in Scotland, the old sod, his mother's birthplace.
Trump fought and unsuccessfully sued to prevent a wind farm from being built off the Aberdeenshire coast, claiming it would destroy the view of "perhaps the greatest golf course anywhere in the world" and, potentially, lower revenue.
The 11-turbine facility was completed last summer, but not before Trump had unleashed a windstorm of tweets between 2012 and 2014, promulgating various theories that made wind energy the scourge of our times.
He cautioned that collapsed turbines were a threat to children: "Any turbine in proximity to a school must go!" They hoard government subsidies: "vast amounts of money to subsidize ugly wind turbines." They "have a warming effect on the climate."