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Alex Salmond takes questions on oil price, Trump in first radio call-in show

13/01/2016

Alex Salmond has been quizzed on the price of oil in his first phone-in show for LBC Radio. The former First Minister’s first caller, a man named Paul from St Albans, asked him how Scotland could still succeed independently at the current low oil price. He said: “You based your financial security in Scotland on the oil price of about $110 a barrel – I notice it’s trading at around $30. How would Scotland be now if you’d succeed in gaining independence?”

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Salmond and Trump lock war of words in windfarm battle

17/12/2015

Former first minister Alex Salmond unleashed a scathing attack on “three-time loser” Donald Trump last night, accusing him of damaging the Scottish economy. The Gordon MP condemned his “treatment of Scotland”, which he said would prompt Scottish Americans to join the “ever-growing list of people alienated” by the businessman. The Trump Organisation was quick to retaliate, branding Mr Salmond a “has-been and totally irrelevant”.

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Trump vows to take fight to Europe over offshore windfarm

17/12/2015

Donald Trump last night instructed his lawyers to take his fight against an offshore windfarm to the European Court of Justice. The Supreme Court in London – the highest court in the land – yesterday announced it had rejected the US businessman’s appeal against the Scottish Government’s approval of the 11-turbine project at Aberdeen Bay. Vattenfall and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG), partners of Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Ltd (AOWFL), welcomed the decision and reaffirmed their commitment to the project – with campaigners also hailing the victory for renewable energy.

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Donald Trump has America’s chief executives nervous and very quiet – for now

11/12/2015

No topic has so dominated public discussion over the past week like Donald Trump’s call to indefinitely ban Muslims from entering the U.S. Editorial pages have raged, talk shows have engaged, even leaders of his Republican Party have forcefully rejected the proposal. One group of national leaders, however, has said little: corporate chiefs. A few, it is true, have spoken in broad terms, usually without mentioning Trump. Mark Zuckerberg, for example, wrote on his Facebook page that Muslims should know they are always welcome at Facebook “and that we will fight to protect your rights and create a peaceful and safe environment for you.”

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Campaigners hail benefit of windfarm as Trump takes battle to Supreme Court

09/10/2015

Donald Trump took his latest objection to plans for an offshore windfarm near his north-east golf resort to the Supreme Court yesterday. The US tycoon is appealing against the Scottish Government’s decision to approve the 11-turbine scheme at Aberdeen Bay amid fears it will spoil the views from his golf resort at Menie, near Balmedie. But last night the presidential candidate was accused of trying to “kill off” economically beneficial projects, and was urged instead to “do good” with his wealth. WWF Scotland director Lang Banks said Mr Trump was “wrong to be trying to frustrate Scotland’s ambition to create clean power and green jobs”.

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Trump takes offshore windfarm battle to Supreme Court

08/10/2015

United States Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is staging the latest round of a legal fight against an offshore wind farm project near a Scottish golf resort he owns. Scottish Government ministers approved proposals for an 11-turbine scheme off the Aberdeenshire coast in 2013. Billionaire businessman Mr Trump, president of The Trump Organisation, is against the plan and says the wind farm will spoil the view from his luxury golf links at the Menie Estate.

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Trump to take windfarm battle to Supreme Court next month

25/09/2015

Donald Trump will take his fight against plans for an offshore windfarm near his north-east golf resort to the highest court in the land next month. The tycoon’s case will be heard at the UK Supreme Court in London on October 8. The Court of Session rejected Mr Trump’s appeal against the £230million European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC).

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Palin bids for energy spot in cabinet if Trump wins US election

24/09/2015

Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has offered her services as energy secretary if Donald Trump wins the US presidency. Speaking to CNN the former governor of Alaska responded to a question asked regarding which job she would be after. Palin said she would get rid of the department and let individual states within the US have more control “over the lands” within their boundaries.

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