Watch the video of Trump claiming windmills cause cancer.
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Donald Trump made some dubious claims about windmills during a fundraising dinner on Tuesday that has led to him being widely mocked on Twitter as a result.
During the National Republican Congressional Committee’s spring fundraising dinner in Washington DC, Trump said, “Hillary wanted to put up wind, wind.”
“If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations your house just went down 75% in value,” he continued.
“And they say the noise causes cancer, you tell me,” Trump added while wheeling his arm in the air and making a winding noise.
However, studies on the impact of wind farms on real estate values have produced mixed results. Some found a negative impact on home prices of up to 40 percent while others concluded that there was little to no impact.
As to the link between the noise generated by industrial wind turbines and cancer, no study has conclusively proven that such a link exists.
Still, there are numerous claims of the negative health impacts of windmills, particularly from noise.
A 2014 review of the literature for PloS One states: “Exposure to wind turbines does seem to increase the risk of annoyance and self-reported sleep disturbance.”
Twitter users were quick to pelt the president with comments after his claims.
One Twitter user wrote: “Yeah I hear the windmill blows the Cancer into you…”
“President Genius has a long history fighting to protect people from windmill noise cancer. Just ask the folks that live near his golf course in Scotland,” jeered another, alluding to Trump’s longstanding opposition to wind turbines at his Scotland property.
Another user had doubts about the source of Trump’s information.
“I want someone somewhere to track down ‘they.’ They say windmills cause cancer, they say Obama wasn’t born here, they say he’s the most successful POTUS ever. They seem to have a lot to say but we never know who THEY are,” the user wrote.
In the course of his 80-minute speech, Trump also took the time to renew his criticism of the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS), the technology that has replaced steam-driven catapults on Ford-class carriers.
Trump has long complained about the topic in the past and clearly made his preference for “reliable” steam known.
The president recalled a story about talking to a sailor who said that steam catapults could be fixed with a “wrench,” but the EMALS requires an “Albert Einstein.”
During a Thanksgiving Day call in November, Trump broached the subject to a naval officer serving overseas, saying: “Steam is very reliable. Electromagnetic – unfortunately, you have to be Albert Einstein to really work it properly.”
To which the officer replied: “Yes sir. You sort of have to be Albert Einstein to run the nuclear power plant that we have here as well, but we’re doing that very well.”
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