Trump: 'Wind Farms Will Blow Away Tourism'
Wind farm development could lead to a huge loss of jobs in tourism, US tycoon Donald Trump has warned the Scottish Parliament.
Giving evidence before Holyrood's Economy and Energy Committee, Mr Trump said he did not believe climate change was man-made and that Scotland was wasting huge amounts of money.
"I think you are spending billions and billions of pounds unnecessarily and going to affect the future of Scotland," Mr Trump told the committee.
"Any jobs that are being created here are more than offset by what you are going to lose in your most important industry, tourism.
"You are going to lose tremendous numbers of jobs in tourism and I feel very strongly about that.
"So, the few jobs that you will create (through wind farms) will be offset to a much larger extent by the jobs you are going to lose in tourism."
Mr Trump is strongly against plans to build a wind farm off the coast of Aberdeenshire where he is building a championship golf course.
Mr Trump, host of the US version of the TV show The Apprentice, has been fiercely critical of Scotland's commitment to wind energy.
His opposition is centred on plans to build 11 wind turbines in Aberdeen Bay, off the Menie Estate, where his golf course is nearing completion.
Mr Trump has warned that he is suspending future development on the £1bn project, including a luxury hotel, until Scottish ministers decide on the planning application for what he calls "horrendous looking, noisy and inefficient structures".
"I can't proceed if the hotel is going to be looking into industrial turbines and nobody here would if you were in my position," he told a committee of Scottish MPs.
Wind farm supporter Friends of the Earth Scotland staged an anti-Trump protest, with chief executive Stan Blackey telling Sky News: "We find it rather strange that a US tycoon and reality TV star can come over here, buy land and trash it, then seek to tell us what we should do with our energy and economic future as a nation."