President Trump’s yearslong battle against windmills continued over the weekend when he treated a crowd of young Republicans to a barely intelligible rant about the horrors of wind energy, a topic on which he claims to be an expert.
“I never understood wind. You know, I know windmills very much. I’ve studied it better than anybody I know,” he said to a group gathered by the young-Trumpster organization Turning Point USA. He then revealed that he does not, in fact, know much about windmills at all.
He complained about the carbon produced during the manufacture of windmills (not actually a problem), the number of birds windmills kill (fewer than the number of birds cats kill), and the negative effect they have on property values (little wonder he cares about that?). He did no repeat the idea that windmills cause cancer, a talking point that’s apparently so absurd that even a man who cares nothing for truth has dropped it from his repertoire.
“It’s very expensive. They’re made in China and Germany mostly — very few made here, almost none. But they’re manufactured tremendous — if you’re into this — tremendous fumes. Gases are spewing into the atmosphere,” Trump said, pretending to care about the emission of greenhouse gases.
He went on to pretend he cares about animal welfare: “They’re noisy. They kill the birds. You want to see a bird graveyard? You just go. Take a look. A bird graveyard. Go under a windmill someday. You’ll see more birds than you’ve ever seen ever in your life.”
There’s at least one part of Trump’s dimwitted tirade that can’t be disputed: “You know, we have a world, right? So the world is tiny compared to the universe.” We rate that claim zero Pinocchios.