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GOP Sen. Grassley slams Pres. Trump for 'idiotic' comment on wind energy


Trump said 'they say the noise' from turbines 'causes cancer'

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on the left; President Donald Trump on the right. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley was offended by a remark President Donald Trump made during his Tuesday night speech to the National Republican Congressional Committee, according to The Hill.

What did President Trump say? The president got on the subject of wind energy during his speech.

"If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations, your house just went down 75 percent in value," Pres. Trump said. "And they say the noise causes cancer. You tell me that one, okay?"

How did Grassley respond? Grassley is a vocal advocate of wind energy, and has made it one of his primary causes as a senator. He was not happy with the president's dismissal of it.

"I'm told that the White House respects my views on a lot of issues," Grassley told reporters during a call. "[President Trump's] comments on wind energy—not only as a president but when he was a candidate—were, first of all, idiotic, and it didn't show much respect for Chuck Grassley as the grandfather of the wind energy tax credit."

Iowa is the first state to get more than 30 percent of its energy from wind power, making Grassley's state a national leader in development of the renewable energy source.

What else has Pres. Trump said about wind energy? The president said last month that wind energy wasn't reliable, claiming if the wind doesn't blow "you can forget about television for that night." That was not an accurate representation of how wind energy works.

Anything else? Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) was reluctant to be as blatant as Grassley about addressing Pres. Trump's remarks on wind energy, even though there is no evidence that noise from wind turbines actually causes cancer.

"That's not my place," Reynolds told the Des Moines Register. "You know how those things change. One year, coffee's good for you. The next year, coffee causes cancer."

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