Target: Fergus Ewing, Scottish Energy Minister
Goal: Praise the Scottish government’s approval of a wind farm off the coast of Aberdeen that had been opposed by Donald Trump because he said it spoiled the view from his golf course
The Scottish government has approved the construction of 11 wind turbines off the coast of Aberdeen, but the US tycoon Donald Trump has called the plan “ridiculous.” He says the wind turbines will spoil the views of the ocean for golfers at his golf course there, and has said he will put on hold his plans to build a hotel in the area.
But the Scottish government has called the energy development a way forward for Scotland, supplying sustainable energy to the country. These 11 turbines are estimated to have the potential to power around 49,000 homes. The government approved the project with an eye toward gaining sustainable energy independence and meeting carbon reduction targets, both laudable goals for Scotland.
Donald Trump’s opposition to the plan is clearly short-sighted, not to mention selfish. He calls the wind turbines “unsightly,” but whereas the aesthetic of a wind turbine is subjective, what is objective is the renewable and sustainable electricity the turbines will provide to the Scottish.
The Scottish government has done the right thing by ignoring Trump’s juvenile threats to halt development in Aberdeen over the plan. The World Wildlife Federation of Scotland has also praised the decision, saying it shows that “no amount of bluster from US billionaires such as Donald Trump will hold Scotland back from becoming a cleaner, greener, job-creating nation.”
Scotland has made the right decision to construct a renewable supply of electricity, despite complaints from a parochial American businessman. Sign the petition below to thank the Scottish government for making the right decision and not bowing down to special interest pressure.
Dear Mr. Fergus Ewing,
I am writing to thank your government for approving the 11-turbine wind energy project off the coast of Aberdeen. It is wise for Scotland to choose to be a leader in clean wind energy, especially since the American businessman Donald Trump has made such a fuss over the project.
As you clearly know, the aesthetics of the wind farm, which are certainly in the eye of the beholder, have no comparison to the 49,000 homes that could be powered by the turbines. Your decision shows great wisdom and foresight, which is refreshing to see in government officials. Thank you for making the right decision.
[Your Name Here]
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