Scotland's renewable targets must not be "blown off course" by Trump
29th February 2012
Scotland's ambitious renewable energy targets must not be "blown off course" by the "bluster and billions" of US tycoon Donald Trump, environmental group WWF Scotland has claimed today.
The New York-based property baron is opposing plans for 11 wind turbines
off the Aberdeenshire
coast, near his golf resort on the Menie Estate
And last week, it was revealed the Trump Corporation
had agreed to finance
and support an anti-wind farm campaign as it increased its efforts to derail the roll-out of clean, green energy.
But WWF Scotland director Dr Richard Dixon has today called on political leaders to resist Trump's efforts, saying Scotland's energy aims are both needed and achievable.
He added: "Scotland’s renewable
energy targets are both deliverable and necessary if we are to reduce climate emissions, create jobs and protect householders from rising energy prices caused by the dwindling availability of fossil fuels.
"Plans by Donald Trump to spend tens of millions pounds holding Scotland back from becoming a cleaner, greener, job creating nation are wrong and should be strongly resisted by all in the Scottish Parliament.
"Along with increased energy efficiency
, renewable energy technologies of all kinds will be needed to help Scotland tackle climate change.
"We need the Scottish Parliament not to be blown off course by US billionaires and instead maintain, and even raise, some targets in order to provide the certainty the renewables industry needs to continue to invest."
The environmental group made the call on the final day for submissions to the Scottish Parliament’s Inquiry into the Scottish Government’s Renewable Energy Targets.
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