Des Moines, Iowa – Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says it is “idiotic” for President Trump to suggest the sound generated by wind turbines causes cancer.
During a speech Tuesday night, the president made several derogatory comments about structures he calls “wind mills.”
Twenty-six years ago, Grassley sponsored the bill that created the federal tax credit for wind energy production.
Grassley says the president was probably speaking “off-the-cuff” when he suggested property values decline when wind mills are erected nearby and the noise causes cancer.
Governor Kim Reynolds is declining to directly respond to Trump’s remarks.
According to the Iowa Wind Energy Association, there are more than four-thousand wind turbines in Iowa and nine-thousand jobs in Iowa are connected to the wind industry. Iowa leads the county in wind energy, with more than 4,000 turbines including a farm in Floyd County.
Reynolds says she’s confident President Trump’s views won’t be a setback for the industry.
Trump fought a decade-long legal battle against an off-shore wind farm that could be seen from the golf course he owns in Scotland. Scotland has set a goal of getting 100 percent of its electricity from wind power by 2020.