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Modern-day Don Quixote Donald Trump’s legal battle against an experimental wind farm took a major hit Tuesday when a Scottish civil court rejected his legal action taken against the Scottish government.
Convinced that the planned 11 wind turbines would spoil the views at his new golf course, built on the coast of Aberdeenshire, Trump alleged that Scotland’s first minister, Alex Salmond, had secretly interfered in the decision to approve the project — a move, he said, that represented clear and illegal bias by the Scottish government, not to mention a violation of the European Convention of Human Rights. The court dismissed his claims, adding that Trump’s human rights were irrelevant to the cause.
PolicyMic has a good history of Trump’s anti-windmill sentiment, neatly summed up in this statement: ”Wind farms are a disaster for the environment. They kill the birds. They are very expensive in terms of energy. They’re made in China.”
Trump has made it clear that he will appeal the decision. In the meantime, no court or law can prevent him from continuing to wage war on wind energy via his favorite social media outlet:
Wind turbines are a scourge to communities and wildlife. They are environmental disasters.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2012
Wind turbines are not only killing millions of birds, they are killing the finances & environment of many countries & communities.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2012
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NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.