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Donald Trump 'must not blow Scotland's renewables targets off course'

Donald Trump at the Menie site
Image caption Donald Trump is opposed to plans for a wind farm near his golf resort

Scotland's renewable energy targets must not be "blown off course" by US tycoon Donald Trump's protests, environmental group WWF Scotland has said.

Mr Trump is against proposals for 11 turbines off the Aberdeenshire coast, near his golf resort.

He has decided to bankroll an anti-wind farm campaign "to save Scotland".

WWF Scotland director Dr Richard Dixon said Mr Trump's efforts should be resisted.

Dr Dixon said Scotland's energy aims are needed and achievable.

He said: "Scotland's renewable energy targets are both deliverable and necessary if we are to reduce climate emissions, create jobs and protect householders from rising energy prices caused by the dwindling availability of fossil fuels.

"Plans by Donald Trump to spend millions holding Scotland back from becoming a cleaner, greener, job creating nation are wrong and should be strongly resisted by all in the Scottish Parliament."

Mr Trump may spend more than £10m campaigning against offshore wind turbines, his son said on Tuesday.

Mr Trump Snr has previously called the turbines "ugly monstrosities" and "horrendous machines".

The wind farm which is planned close to Mr Trump's golf resort is a £150m venture by Vattenfall, Technip and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group.

A decision on the offshore application is expected later this year.

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