Donald Trump: 'Ugly Wind Turbines Destroyed Entrance to Palm Springs'

Trump tweeted Monday that wind turbines have ruined the gateway to Palm Springs in the east San Gorgonio Pass.

Donald Trump likes power, but he made it clear Monday he believes giant fans that harness wind-generated energy east of Redlands and Loma Linda are unsightly.

The New York-based celebrity businessman took to Twitter to air his view that wind farms "are ruining landscapes."

"Ugly wind turbines have destroyed the entrance to Palm Springs, CA," Trump tweeted Monday. "These monstrosities are ruining landscapes all over the globe--expensive & bad electric."

The wind farms in the east San Gorgonio Pass are intended to harvest power from one of the primary wind corridors in Southern California.

What do you think about Trump's tweet? Politically motivated or is Trump sincere? Do environmentalists and conservationists welcome his view?

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Roberta A. Gould September 18, 2012 at 10:59 PM
I was born in Palm Springs and have seen a lot of change. I don't care for all of the many golf courses and hotels. It had character many years ago. The turbines have been there for a long time. I'd much prefer the pueblo look compare to Trump towers.
Clavell Jackson September 19, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Donald Trump plays a billionaire on TV. Why is anyone listening to him?
Eric Shamp September 19, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I actually agree with Donald Trump. That's never happened to me before, and I feel a little tainted by it. It is far more efficient and cheaper to generate renewable energy on-site (i.e. solar panels on the roof of a building) than to generate it offsite, usually in a manner that is destructive to desert habitats. A huge chunk of the energy generated at that wind farm is lost as the power is inverted, stepped-up, stepped-down, and resisted by thousands of miles of power line (called transmission loss: the difference between source energy and site energy). The reason we have wind turbines instead of solar panels on everyone's roof is because Enron (yes, THAT Enron) found out they could make bank with gov't subsidies, and they have better lobbyists than small "mom-and-pop" solar installation companies. It has nothing to do with good engineering, and everything to do with big corporate interests in Washington. This applies to both wind farms and the giant solar farms currently under construction. All power, whether electrical or political, works best when it is small and local.
Hans Laetz September 19, 2012 at 04:35 PM
So Trump, an expert at blowing hot air, bloviates. And we care, exactly why?
Roberta A. Gould September 19, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Hi Eric, you have provided us with some useful information. The way I look at it is that bottom line it's all about money and greed.


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