President Donald Trump said a bunch of bizarre shit about windmills over the weekend at a conference in Florida for conservative college students, ranting about the size of the universe and saying “I know windmills very much.” It’d be almost funny if it wasn’t coming from the most powerful person in the world—a man who’s setting energy policy while climate change makes the world less inhabitable for all of us.
Trump, whose brain is mostly just KFC gravy at this point, told college kids at the Turning Point USA conference that the Green New Deal was threatening the very existence of the country. The Green New Deal is a comprehensive plan to address the environmental crisis, though it has met resistance from Republicans who insist that climate change doesn’t matter to the future of the nation.
“We’re in a battle of survival of this nation,” Trump said before using a racial slur against Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren in a rambling diatribe.
“When you look at these people talk, with their Green New Deal. But I don’t want to knock it now, if you don’t mind,” Trump said. “I don’t want to knock it. I knocked… I knocked the hell out of Pocahontas. I got her down.”
Trump went on to say that he “never understood wind” while also claiming that he’s studied windmills more than anybody else.
[With the Green New Deal] we’ll have an economy based on wind. I never understood wind. You know, I know windmills very much. I’ve studied it better than anybody, I know. It’s very expensive. They’re made in China and Germany mostly—very few made here, almost none. But they’re manufactured tremendous, if you’re into this, tremendous fumes, gases are spewing into the atmosphere.
Trump is misleading everyone by suggesting that the U.S. doesn’t gain jobs through wind energy, of course. The U.S. produces a lot of wind technology through GE and employs tens of thousands of workers, according to a report issued this past summer for the U.S. Department of Energy. In fact, wind energy technician is one of the fastest growing jobs in the country, second only to solar technician.
Trump continued on to the rabid crowd on Saturday, ranting about how our world is tiny compared with the universe, though it’s not clear what point he was trying to make.
You know we have a world, right? So the world is tiny compared to the universe. So tremendous, tremendous amount of fumes and everything. You talk about the carbon footprint—fumes are spewing into the air, right? Spewing. Whether it’s in China, Germany, it’s going into the air. It’s our air, their air, everything, right?
At least the president was right that we’re all living on the same planet. That’s why international agreements are so important. President Trump, as you might recall, pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement for no good reason.