President Donald Trump on Tuesday took his hatred of windmills to a whole new level, floating a brand new conspiracy theory that alleges noise emitted by wind turbines “causes cancer.”
“Hillary wanted to put up wind,” Trump said at a fundraiser for Republicans in Washington Tuesday, kicking off an extended riff about the evils of windmills.
“If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations, your house just went down 75 percent in value,” he claimed. “And they say the noise causes cancer”
He offered no evidence to support the claim.
The president also said windmills are a “graveyard for birds.”
“If you love birds, you never want to walk under a windmill, because it’s a sad, sad sight,” he said, though the Department of Energy has noted that bird deaths from windmills are rare and kill far fewer birds than buildings.
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) April 3, 2019
NBC News White House Correspondent Peter Alexander on Wednesday asked White House aide Mercy Schlapp if Trump’s cancer claim is true.
I asked WH aide Mercy Schlapp if that’s true. (Scientists say it’s not.) Her reply: “I don’t have an answer about that… but I’ll update you if I get information.”
Trump, last night, without evidence, claimed “the noise [from wind turbines] causes cancer.”
Today, I asked WH aide Mercy Schlapp if that’s true. (Scientists say it’s not.)
Her reply: “I don’t have an answer about that… but I’ll update you if I get information.”
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) April 3, 2019
Trump attacked wind power at a rally in Michigan last month, falsely claiming that wind power isn’t reliable because the wind doesn’t always blow.
“If it doesn’t blow, you can forget about television for that night,” Trump said.
” ‘Darling, I want to watch television.’ ‘I’m sorry! The wind isn’t blowing.’ I know a lot about wind,” he added.