President Donald Trump made startling claims at a fundraising event in New York over the weekend, criticizing windmills as a source of renewable energy, advocating for coal instead.
Trump has long been a proponent of revitalizing the waning coal industry, despite increasing concerns over the logistics and environmental consequences of coal mining and power as countries across the globe begin a transition to renewable energy.
But this rant about why coal should remain king is bizarre even for him.
Trump goes on a bizarre anti-windmill rant, including mimicking a terrorist shooting one of them down pic.twitter.com/2qyjer8C37
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 13, 2018
Trump started out railing against windmills — and pipelines for that matter — because “you can blow up the windmills.” But know what the real danger for windmills is: birds.
“If the birds don’t kill it first. The birds could kill it first. They kill so many birds. You look underneath some of those windmills, it’s like a killing field.”
Did you notice his weird sound effects?
Trump’s remarks about coal and wind and birds and him making sound effects about various energy sources being blown up is the unhinged babbling of someone who is not well and certainly shouldn’t be in charge of the most powerful nuclear arsenal on Earth. Transcript via @ddale8 pic.twitter.com/kKhubSZ8Yj
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) August 20, 2018
The president’s hatred of windmills is nothing new, of course.
Trump is obsessed with windmills. He has more than once brought the topic up with foreign leaders and ranted about how windmills are responsible for the deaths of birds, esp eagles. The real reason is probably that they block the view on his golf courses https://t.co/rULhsa8WEJ
— Tom Wright (@thomaswright08) August 19, 2018
Although he does apparently have his reasons.
Trump only hates windmills because he felt they ruined the aesthetics of his Scottish golf course, and when he threw a tantrum they didn't put up with his shite. They think he's a *checks notes* cunt. https://t.co/YryyN7xkI7
— Emma Evans (@TrancewithMe) August 20, 2018
Except there are some problems with Trump’s advocacy for coal:
He failed to mention that coal can be set on fire and it can burn for years underground. Just wanted to remind everyone, once coal starts burning underground, it's hard to extinguish.
— Just Man (@oldmanjust1) August 19, 2018
Full of (bird) shit: "Donald Trump doesn't like dogs, but he cares about birds so much he is moved to revive the coal industry. The cost of green energy on bird-life is apparently too great." https://t.co/Zp30K6KTPE #MoronPresident
— Democratic Coalition (@TheDemCoalition) August 20, 2018
While it’s true that windmills kill hundreds of thousands of birds a year, the number is small compared to the millions of bird deaths from cell phone towers and billions from cats. What’s more, hundreds of bird species are becoming endangered due to the threat of climate change, which is exacerbated by carbon-based energy sources such as coal.
That threat is likely to become more pronounced in the near future.