President Donald Trump visited Hackberry, Louisiana on Tuesday where he 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.”
“Under that deal, everybody in this room gets fired,” he continued. “All of the thousands of guys and women standing on these buildings get fired, they go home because under the Green New Deal, they don’t like clean, beautiful natural gas. They don’t like anything. They don’t know what they like.”
“They 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?’ ”
Michael Mann, a professor of atmospheric science at Pennsylvania State University, told Newsweek in March that Trump’s comments about not being able to watch television when the wind isn’t blowing amounted to “malicious ignorance” from the president.
“The fact that he has repeated this lie indicates that it is intentional and malicious in nature,” he argued.
“The truth is that a combination of wind, solar and other renewables, along with battery and smart grid technology, can provide continuous and abundant electricity,” Mann said.