The Wind Blows. So Does Trump.

Very Stable Genius

Our Stable Genius makes some wind:

“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. 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?

(source: Speech: Donald Trump Addresses the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit – December 21, 2019)

Got that? He never understood wind, and yet he knows more about windmills that anyone.

And before you start to wonder about why students (Students!) didn’t laugh and walk out, Turning Point USA is college Republicans Rat-Fuck University. It is a project of li’l Charlie Kirk that keeps a Professor Watchlist (“Are you now or ever have been a libtard?”), and is essentially an alt-right minor league team that grooms players to someday go to the majors. Kirk got initial funding from Foster Friess, the legendary theocrat-banker who paid for Frothy Santorum’s Goat Rodeo runs (no snark intended, but I’m pretty happy with that poetic turn of phrase).

UPDATE 1: Our own ZRM –

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26 Responses to The Wind Blows. So Does Trump.

  1. roket says:

    Drug addled, insane or both? You decide.

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  2. Sirius Lunacy says:

    From the US Energy Information Administration:
    “GE has consistently been the dominant manufacturer of wind turbines installed in the United States since it purchased Enron’s wind business (formally Zond) in 2002. Between 2005 and 2015, GE’s average annual share of installed capacity was 44%, or 2.7 GW per year.”

    So an American company actually leads the way and along with a Dutch company and a German company cover 92% of the new wind energy in the most recent year that we have numbers for. China does have some big wind energy companies but most of their products stay in China. And as for gasses spewing into the atmosphere I think we need not look any further that Trump’s big mouth.

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  3. Dennis Cole says:

    TG – When you’re turning a phrase, it’s still, “Righty-tighty, lefty-loosey,” amirite? So, proceeding in the proper direction, you wanna tighten it till it breaks, then back it off a quarter-turn. That oughta do it.

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    • tengrain says:

      DC –

      I totally failed at plumbing, and someday I might reveal the depths of my mechanical ineptitude. In the meanwhile, does the washer go on the bolt just before the nut? Or up at the head of the bolt?

      Asking for a friend.



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      • MDavis says:

        This is a joke, right? Because I don’t get it.
        Washer placement depends on the application. (everything depends on circumstance, always – even this statement)
        That said, it’s usually on the bolt just before the nut. Most exceptions will involve having a threaded portion attached to the part you are putting the bolt. In other words, if there is an actual nut involved it will be welded in place. Most of the rest of the exceptions will be because there are multiple washers involved.
        First step in plumbing – find the water inlet valve, turn it off.
        Last step, gather towels and buckets before you turn the water back on, just in case.

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      • Dennis Cole says:

        MD – yes, it’s a joke. I let my Monday morning snarkiness run wild, and look where that got us.
        But yes, you’re mostly right – the washer goes on the bolt before the nut, and sometimes a washer is placed beneath the bolt-head as well. It all depends on the situation and application, and there are so many washers available, (along with an unbelievable assortment of nuts & bolts,) that one almost needs a degree in Mechanical Engineering to keep track of what’s for what and who goes where.

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      • MDavis says:

        I kinda got your joke (a play on setting the nut to the proper tension for the front wheel bearing, or else the rear wheel bearing in a front wheel drive car, like my old Escort) but I didn’t get ‘Grain’s joke.
        And you don’t really need a degree in Mechanical Engineering if you have experience in the field. For basic stuff you just need a feel that you get from experience. For non-basic stuff, you need to be aware of when that feel is just not enough and you need to find someone with that Engineering degree to check your figures.
        In my experience.

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  4. When Trump says, “I never understood wind,” I think he’s trying to say he doesn’t understand why people support the transition to wind-generated electricity. Kevin Drum has a short item up today about the “furmes” nonsense. He concludes that Trump is talking about the carbon impact of manufacturing the wind turbines.

    It’s possible, if you squint just right, to find the atom of logic in Trump’s galaxy of blather. But when you find it, it rarely turns out to be worth the effort.

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    • quakerinabasement says:

      Fumes. Not furmes. Gah.

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    • Sirius Lunacy says:

      I figured Trump was talking about the carbon footprint of manufacturing as well. Of course, 3 minutes of research and I found this list of life cycle greenhouse gas emissions in grams of CO2 per kilowatt produced
      Coal – 870
      Natural Gas – 464
      Coal with carbon capture – 156 (there are a whopping 2 plants thus equipped in North America)
      Residential solar – 48
      Utility solar – 41
      Wind – 14
      Nuclear – 12

      I post these so you will all be ready if you have to deal with crazy Trumpster relatives over the holidays.


      • JDM says:

        It’s not wise to assume any degree of thought on Trump’s part; it could just as well (or more likely) be that he started talking about wind and turbine blades being a fan, then it cause wind, but he used the word fumes because it came to mind, and blah blah blah. He’s a moron, you know; parsing how a moron came to say something moronic is a task for a… well, someone with time on their hands, maybe. 🙂


  5. YellowDog says:

    If this reflects is current state of mind, I can’t wait to not watch the State of the Union address. Today is Festivus (for the rest of us), but his airing of grievances is year-round.

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  6. Steve-O says:

    Doesn’t understand wind, yet studied it more than anybody (Ssssuuuurrreeee).
    Ladies and gentlemen, here we have the best example why reading comprehension is as important as reading itself.

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    • Just exponentially increasing pathogenic narcissism. There can be no one above him in anything. This is why he simply appoints himself ‘golf champion of the year’ at his golf clubs.

      Napoleon snatching the crown to place it on his own head has nothing on him. No wonder the evangelicals love him so, he’s the living personification of their skydaddy: Loud, Arrogant, Abusive Bully King Daddy.

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  7. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    His boss is against wind power, cuts into Russian fossil fuel exports.

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  8. Walt Mistler says:

    The opposite of word salad, word scat.


  9. another kiwi says:

    Yeah, this is worrying even more so than the usual gibberish.


    • Oddly, I am not that worried about this. For all the blather and idiocy, the reality is that renewable energy sources are nearly at parity with gas and oil, and the realities of companies making money will soon make all of them just… fade away. May be too late, but it’s easy to see. Even the big oil companies are trying to move into and take control of the renewable markets, but they seem to be kind of behind the curve…


  10. angry spittle says:

    Doesn’t that just make you proud as punch that this dolt is our president? The sonofabitch is a walking talking non-sequitur. He doesn’t have the gawddamned brains Gawd gave a bent fork. We’d all be be better off if he was running for Miss South Carolina instead if the country.

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