An anti-wind turbine advert in Scotland commissioned by Donald Trump’s organisation has been banned.
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld the advert for Communities Against Turbines Scotland (CATS), which shows broken and rusty turbines under the headline ‘Welcome to Scotland’.
The advert also warned: ‘Alex Salmond wants to build 8,750 of these monstrosities.’
The news comes as the US billionaire is campaigning to prevent the construction of a major wind farm off the Aberdeen coast, close to his new golf course at Menie.
Scottish Renewables made the complaint about the photograph giving a misleading impression of the proposed wind farms as the picture was of a decommissioned one in Hawaii. It said Scottish regulations prevented turbines from being allowed to deteriorate to the condition shown in the picture.
In response, CATS said it wouldn’t be publishing the advert again.
It added: “The point though is that whether the direction comes from Mr Salmond, the whole Scottish Government, the UK Government or the European Commission, the fact is that no number of turbines installed across the face of our beautiful country can make the slightest difference to carbon, harmful pollution, where it exists, or to the climate, which we used to call weather. Let the wind industry prove the contrary. They cannot do so.”