WASHINGTON | Like another character named Don, President Donald Trump is tilting at windmills.
The president disparaged wind farms this week while spinning his arm like a turbine and making an unpleasant whirring sound.
TRUMP: “If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations. Your house just went down 75% of value. And they say the noise causes cancer.” — remarks at Republican fundraising dinner Tuesday.
THE FACTS: The sound from wind farms has not been proved to cause cancer.
Trump has had it out for wind power since turbines were proposed off the coast of Scotland within sight of his golf resort near Aberdeen . He unsuccessfully fought the project. He has ascribed a variety of evils to wind power over the years, usually with scant evidence, while praising coal, a well-documented cause of health problems.
“The American Cancer Society is unaware of any credible evidence linking the noise from windmills to cancer,” the organization said after Trump’s latest remarks.
While some recesses of the internet have long tried to sound alarms about “wind turbine syndrome,” several studies have found no evidence of serious health issues.
Trump actually misidentified his target. Wind turbines produce energy. Windmills mill grain and flummox Don Quixote .
Associated Press writer Jill Colvin contributed to this report.
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