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President Trump slams Palm Springs wind turbines during rally speech

President Donald Trump spoke out against the Palm Springs wind turbines during a "Keep America Great Again" rally speech in Colorado Springs on Thursday.

President Trump was speaking about energy dependency and the use of wind turbines.

"They want to use wind. Wind blow, wind please, please keep the birds away from those windmills, please. Tell those beautiful bald eagles... nooo a bald eagle," Trump said.

President Trump continued, "You know if you shoot a bald eagle they put you in jail for a long time. But the windmills knock them down like crazy."

After mentioning that windmills are made in China and Germany, the effect they have on the ozone layer, and how they rust, President Trump used the iconic Palm Springs wind farm as an example.

"You look at Palm Springs, California. Take a look. Palm Springs. They're all over the place. They're closed, they're rotting, they look like hell," President Trump said.

Air Force One leaving Palm Springs International Airport (2/20/20)

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Palm Springs Mayor Geoff Kors released a statement to News Channel 3 on the President's comments today:

"Palm Springs is proud of the 100% renewable and carbon free energy produced by the windmills as our City moves to 100% carbon free electricity. As our planet and humanity is theatened by the impact of fossil fuels and the climate emergency we are in, I find our windmills and the impact they are having on the environment to be especially beautiful.  It is unfortunate that, at this critical time in our history, we have a President who lies about and denigrates clean green power while embracing and promoting dirty power such as coal and off shore oil drilling which is destroying our planet."  - Mayor Kors

The president has long been a critic of Iconic wind turbines along Interstate 10 dating back to at least 2012 when he sent out a tweet calling it "the world's ugliest wind farm."

A month later, he once again called out the wind turbines for "ruining the entrance to Palm Springs.

In a radio interview in 2016, Trump described the area as looking like a junkyard, rotting, and leaving thousands of dead birds on the ground.

"You're driving into Palm Springs, California and it looks like a poor man's version of Disneyland. It's the worst thing you've ever seen. and it kills all the birds," Trump was quoted saying in a radio interview in 2016.

He did go on to say in that same interview that he is not against it, "I'm for everything, I'm for everything."

President Trump on Herman Cain Show (10/26/2016)

The day before the Colorado Springs rally, President Trump was in Rancho Mirage, getting a good view of the Palm Springs windmills as Air Force One flew in and out of the Palm Springs International Airport.

Full coverage of President Trump's Rancho Mirage visit:

Trump's complete comments on the Palm Springs wind farm (02/20/2020)
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