So this explains Trump's golf course tweet yesterday. He was threatening the UK government with harm to the US-UK relationship if he is forced to pay the Scottish government's legal costs in litigation Trump started & lost https://t.co/0EWiluExDJ
— David Frum (@davidfrum) March 3, 2019
We just have to go here because it is a recurring story about personal protectionism versus doing the right thing for the public, sustainability and leading the change.
I have previously written about Mr. Trump’s Trump Tower in New York City which has a glitzy interior reflective of the 1980’s. But one thing Mr. Trump tried hard to do was to ensure that no public had access to seating as required in the development permit for the building. He was required to create an 8,000 square foot public area with moveable chairs and tables, and insure a 22 foot long bench was available below the escalator for the public to sit on. The bench originally disappeared, then came back with plants covering it to ensure that no public could use it. Kudos to the City of New York for ensuring that the bench is now available for the public to use.
Mr. Trump also rallied against New York City’s proposal to require the retrofitting of sprinkler systems in all highrise buildings. I wrote about the man who died in a fire in his unit in New York City’s Trump Tower after Mr. Trump got a citywide exemption which meant that buildings like his, which were built before 1990, did not need to conform with the regulation.
And in Scotland Mr. Trump owns two golf courses, one being the Aberdeenshire golf resort which overlooks the site of an 11 turbine wind farm on the North Sea. Mr. Trump before he became President took the Scottish government to court to have the project halted. As the BBC News reported Mr. Trump had argued the wind farm development would spoil the view from his golf course.
The wind farm was first operational last year, and the court case went to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. A ruling from the Court of Session has determined that Mr. Trump must pay the Scottish government’s legal costs in this matter.
Take a look at what Mr. Trump was railing against. The eleven turbines in this project are the most powerful in the world and were developed by the Swedish energy group Vattenfall and the power is being exported to the National Grid.
With a total generating capacity of 93.2 MW, this wind farm produces more than 70 percent of Aberdeen’s electricity , a city with a population of 228,000. Called the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, the project director stated that this wind farm “reinforces north east Scotland’s status as Europe’s energy capital and will help establish the region as an international centre for offshore wind generation.”