Editors' pick: Originally published Nov. 23.
Donald Trump has some real problems with windmills.
The president-elect discussed the topic at length in his sit-down with the New York Times on Tuesday, prompted by a question regarding reports he had urged Brexit leaders to oppose offshore wind farms that he believes will interfere with the views of one of his golf courses in Scotland in a post-election meeting.
Though the president-elect was critical of the wind industry for transgressions, including the pollution of the atmosphere and the destruction of wildlife, it might just be personal.
Trump has been fighting the Scottish government for years about the development of an offshore windfarm off the coast from his Aberdeenshire golf course. He lost a case in 2015 accusing ministers of illegally agreeing to license a farm near his golf resort, and earlier this year, he branded the project an act of "public vandalism." The project is being undertaken by Swedish energy company Vattenfall.
He reportedly pushed Nigel Farage, Brexiter and leader of the U.K. Independence Party, to lobby against windfarms after the election, and he did not deny it when asked about it by the Times. "I might have brought it up," he said.
If he's actually really concerned about windmills generally, Trump could perhaps benefit from accurate information.
He said at the Times meeting that most windmills are made in Germany and Japan, not the United States. When Times columnist Thomas Friedman pointed out that General Electric (GE) has a wind turbine factory in South Carolina, Trump acknowledged "that's good" but held that most are manufactured abroad by "Siemens and the Chinese."