President Donald Trump on Tuesday headed to a Shell petrochemicals plant being built outside of Pittsburgh to give what was billed by the White House as a speech on “America’s Energy Dominance and Manufacturing Revival,” but quickly turned into a rambling speech that included racial slurs, jokes about serving a third term in office and even included outrageous lies about wind power.
Addressing a room full of energy workers, Trump touted the supposed benefits of “clean, affordable, all-American natural gas” over renewable energy.
“And when the wind stops blowing, it doesn’t make any difference does it?” Trump claimed.
“Unlike those big windmills that destroy everybody’s property values, kill all the birds,” Trump said, though the Department of Energy has noted that bird deaths from windmills are rare.
He continued: “One day the environmentalists are going to tell us what’s going on with that. And then all of a sudden it stops. The wind and the televisions go off. And your wives and husbands say ‘Darling, I want to watch Donald Trump on television tonight. But the wind stopped blowing and I can’t watch. There’s no electricity in the house, darling.’”
Trump, speaking to energy workers in PA, is embarrassingly ignorant about how wind power works.
"Some day the environmentalists are going to tell us what's going on with that. And then all of the sudden it stops — the wind and the televisions go off." pic.twitter.com/u5cojEfnJz
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 13, 2019
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.
Trump in April claimed without a shred of evidence that the noise emitted by the wind turbines causes cancer.