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Billionaire Trump loses battle against energy project

Billionaire American Donald Trump has lost a legal battle against an off-shore wind farm proposed to be constructed in sight of his new Scottish golf course on the Aberdeenshire coast, reports AOL Money.

Mr Trump, 67, is estimated to be worth around $3.5bn and owns the Trump International Golf Links course in Aberdeenshire, which he acquired and developed controversially in 2009.

The Trump course in Scotland has been beset with controversy, initially because it was built on a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a status that would normally preclude development but which was waived by Alex Salmond of the SNP on the grounds of the economic benefit that the golf course would bring to Scotland.

Mr Trump opposes the construction of a large 11-turbine wind farm off the coast near the course, which will be known as the European Off-Shore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC).

The EOWDC will allow innovation in the development of off-shore wind energy turbines, by allowing companies the opportunity to test and perfect wind turbine designs for the market.

A petition was placed at the Court of Session in Edinburgh by Trump International Golf Club Scotland to oppose the construction of the wind farm, by asking a judge to rule that the decision by the Scottish Government to approve construction was unlawful.

Trump argued that the decision to permit the development was irrational and should have come after a public inquiry.

However, Lord Doherty dismissed the petition, saying that there was no possibility that a fair-minded observer would believe that the decision to permit the development was biased.

"We are reviewing Lord Doherty's decision and will pursue the legal options available to us as recommended by our counsel," said the Trump Organisation in a statement.

"Communities worldwide continue to challenge the destructive proliferation of wind turbines and we will remain a fierce opponent at the forefront of this battle," they added.