Russian President Vladimir Putin joined President Trump in questioning the use of wind power, saying on Tuesday that wind turbines were harmful to birds and worms.
“Wind-powered generation is good, but are birds being taken into account in this case? How many birds are dying?” Putin said at a televised conference in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg.
“They (wind turbines) shake, causing worms to come out of the soil. This is not a joke,” he said.
Putin claimed that people would not like to live on a planet dotted with “rows of wind-powered generators and covered by several layers of solar panels,” according to The New York Times.
Putin’s anti-wind power remarks were similar to recent claims made by President Trump earlier this year.
In May, Trump turned a speech promoting the nation’s “energy infrastructure and economic growth” into an unhinged rant attacking windmills as bird cemeteries.
Trump told the crowd that he had personally seen dead bald eagles “all over the place” underneath wind turbines.
“You are under assault,” Trump told a group of natural gas workers. “And now they talk about the Green New Deal. The Green New Deal. Everybody go home, you just lost your Jobs. The Green New Deal is, that’s a hoax like the hoax I just went through.”
Democrats “sort of like wind even though it kills all of the birds,” Trump said without providing evidence to back his claim.
“You want to see a bird cemetery? Go under a windmill sometime,” Trump continued. “You will see the saddest, you got every type of bird. You know, in California you go to jail for five years if you kill a bald eagle. You go under a windmill, you see ’em all over the place. Not a good situation.”
“But that’s what they were counting on, wind. And when the wind doesn’t blow, you don’t watch television that night,” Trump added. “And your wife says, ‘What the hell did you get me into with this Green New Deal, Charlie?’ ”
Trump has also claimed without evidence that noise produced by wind turbines “causes cancer.”