It’s 9:30 p.m. where I live (Texas) and typically at this time of the evening, I’m done writing about politics. But does a girl get to rest? Nope. Because I always go to Twitter and see that Donald Trump won’t stop doing dumbshit.
On Saturday, he was speaking to Turning Point USA, a conservative student group, when he began to rail against wind and windmills.
“I never understood wind,” Trump said, according to Mediaite. “I know windmills very much, I have studied it better than anybody. I know it is very expensive. They are made in China and Germany mostly, very few made here, almost none, but they are manufactured, tremendous — if you are into this — tremendous fumes and gases are spewing into the atmosphere. You know we have a world, right?”
Trump: "I never understood wind, I know windmills very much, I've studied them more than anybody…tremendous fumes, gases are spewing into the atmosphere, you know we have a world, the world is tiny compared to the universe.."pic.twitter.com/wnYHestIXX
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And then he seemed dumbfounded at how small the world is, and assumed no one else already knew that.
“So we have a world, right? And the world is tiny compared to the universe. So tremendous, tremendous amount of fumes and everything. You talk about the carbon footprint, fumes are spewing into the air, right spewing, whether it is China or Germany, is going into the air,” the president added.
He also blamed windmills of killing bald eagles, another lie.
“A windmill will kill many bald eagles,” he said. “After a certain number, they make you turn the windmill off, that is true. By the way, they make you turn it off. And yet, if you killed one, they put you in jail. That is OK. But why is it OK for windmills to destroy the bird population?”
Trump is parroting critics of wind power plans, who love to point to the carbon emissions from concrete and other manufactures who are involved in producing wind power farms. These critics use this as an excuse to rail against wind power.
However, an organization that studies wind arms found that they generate enough energy to avoid 200 million tons of carbon pollution caused by the burning of fossil fuels (last year’s estimate). The organization, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) estimates that wind power plants repay their carbon footprint after operating for only six months.
Think Donald Trump has studied windmills more than those guys? After all, he’s “studied it better than anybody.”
Will someone shut Grandpa up so I can go to bed?
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