Veteran Republican Iowa Senator Just Slammed Donald Trump for Claiming That Wind Turbines 'Cause Cancer' but Iowa's Governor Refuses to Deny It

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President Donald Trump made multiple bizarre comments on Tuesday, but one of the standouts has to do with wind turbines.

Trump said at a National Republican Congressional Committee dinner:

"If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations your house just went down 75 percent in value. And they say the noise causes cancer. you tell me that one, okay? Rer rer."

None of what Trump said is true. Wind turbines do not cause cancer.

On Wednesday, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) told reporters on a conference call how he felt about what Trump said:

"I’m told that the White House respects my views on a lot of issues. (Trump's) comments on wind energy — not only as a president but when he was a candidate — were, first of all, idiotic, and it didn’t show much respect for Chuck Grassley as the grandfather of the wind energy tax credit."

Grassley's efforts in the 1990s boosted wind power in his home state of Iowa. Today, the Hawkeye State gets 40 percent of its electricity from wind power.

Some people feel that Grassley's criticism of Trump is too little too late.

But, hey, broken clocks and all.

Grassley is sort of standing alone at the moment. Iowa's Republican Governor Kim Reynolds refused to acknowledge that Trump was wrong when asked about Trump's comments.

In fact, she upped the nuttiness.

"That's not my place. You know how those things change," Reynolds explained. "One year coffee is good for you and the next year coffee causes cancer. That’s what happens. We’ve got a lot of people that are driving the industry and investing in the industry and we should be proud of our position.”

Oof, okay.

The same ridiculous kowtowing has come from White House Communications Director Mercedes Schlapp as well. On Wednesday, she too failed to recognize the absurdity of Trump's claims.

"Do wind turbines cause cancer?" Schlapp was asked by a reporter.

"I don't have an answer to that," she replied before scurrying away from the cameras. "I don't have information on that. If I get a read out I'll be happy to update you on that."


What a bunch of hot air.

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