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Published on December 13th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan

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Donald Trump Gets Punked On Twitter



There’s so much to love about this. Mr Donald Trump — wind power hater because it supposedly ruins the view… unlike his towers and golf course — seems to have missed the sarcasm in an infographic he retweeted. Well, just check it out here:

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First of all, thanks to Some Air for making the infographic, and for sharing the news regarding Mr Trump’s blunder, and to Grist for sharing it with more of the world. They’ve already said so many things so well, let me just provide some good quotes from the above links:

From Some Air‘s post introducing the infographic:

Simon Chapman, professor of public health at Sydney University, started compiling the purported ‘symptoms’ of ‘wind turbine syndrome’ in early 2012.

His list currently sits at 216. It’s big, and broad, and it’s comprised entirely of anecdotal evidence. Anecdotes are generally regarded as the weakest form of evidence, in terms of scientific inquiry.

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In another post, published this week, after some fun reading regarding Trump’s selfless efforts to save Scotland from the evil wind turbine massacre, here’s more from Some Wind:

A few days ago, Trump trumped the selflessness of these acts by tweeting an infographic demonstrating the dangers of exposure to wind turbines, to his 2,444,053 followers….

If that infographic looks familiar, it’s because I made it, and posted it a few months ago. The reason I made it was to demonstrate the outcomes of over-reliance on anecdotal evidence. Click here for a large version. I even included the following quote, to make the purpose of the graphic utterly unambiguous:

“Thinking anecdotally comes naturally; whereas thinking scientifically does not”
- Michael ShermerSo how did Trump get fooled by small print? He was tweeted the picture by a guy called Dan Scavino Junior, General Manager of ‘Trump Golf“…

Turns out the GM of Trump Golf cares as much about infrasonic emissions as Trump does. It’s genuinely fascinating to see my infographic, originally intended to demonstrate the logical fallacy of relying too heavily on personal testimony, used as evidence by Trump, and the GM of his golf enterprise. It demonstrates perfectly Trump’s desire to find surrogate causes to stuff the blatant, gaping holes that stem from the fact his hatred of wind energy comes not from a genuine concern for Scottish welfare, but from a single specific development, barely visible from his planned luxury golf course.

Hilarious, isn’t it? I have certainly made my own embarrassing mistakes in the publishing world, but I think this one trumps anything I’ve seen from anyone. (Pun intended, but it sprung to mind without effort.)

I don’t want to rail on him too much myself, but I will share one more quote about the hilarity of and lesson from the whole matter, this one from Jess Zimmerman of Grist:

Whether he’s functionally illiterate, lousy at Twitter, or so blinded by his rage at wind turbines that it doesn’t occur to him that they might not actually cause social problems in peacocks — or, you know, all three — the fact is that Trump uncritically tweeted a graphic whose entire purpose is to demonstrate how uncritically people accept BS anecdata. In short: LOL @ you.

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy for the past four years or so. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the Network Manager for their parent organization – Important Media – and he's the Owner/Founder of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.



  • mds

    Zach,
    Thanks for this post. It is a very funny take on how easy it is to get people to believe fabricated information, or dis-information.
    Zach …and the rest,
    Donald doesn’t care about wind turbines. This is all just free advertising for the development he is building in Scotland, nothing more. “There is no bad advertising.”
    My daughter was going to school at St. Andrews in Scotland and we went to visit last year over her spring break. There are wind turbines all over Scotland (and there’s a lot of wind). There’s is also a shocking number of solar panels on homes. Shocking because the weather is more like where I live, near Seattle, then it is like sunny California. GO SCOTLAND!

  • DBR

    Sounds more like ‘mountain dew diet syndrome’

  • http://www.energyquicksand.com/ Edward Kerr

    This is richer than the Donald. What a buffoon.

  • Will

    It’s not nice to laugh at old men suffering from dementia. Anybody who has read or listened to a word Donald Trump has said over the past few years realizes the poor fool has lost his marbles.

  • chuck

    Best ever, couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy (of course he did it to himself)! It does make one wonder how he ever managed to amass such a fortune.

    • A Real Libertarian

      Mixture of inheritance and legal loopholes to leave his partners holding the bag.

  • jburt56

    You missed how wind turbines could be emitting secret ELF mind control!!

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