Donald Trump is finally getting to build not just one but two walls!
Environmentalists and other opponents of the walls have warned that the structure could pose harm to the protected wildlife
Donald Trump has finally got approval to build at least one controversial wall, and that too at his golf course in Ireland. The Trump Organization on Thursday got permission to construct two walls it had sought permission for more than a year ago.
The Trump International Golf Links and Hotel Doonbeg, one of several golf courses owned by President Donald Trump’s business empire, has been given a green light to build two sea walls along the golf course to protect the land from coastal erosion.
Reports state that the Trump Organization's proposal to construct the wall was initially rejected by local county officials a year ago. Even though the organization has got approval, they will have to dramatically scale down the structure from 1.7 mile — which they had proposed earlier — to 2,000-foot and 850-foot barriers.
The construction of the structure has also been in controversy as environmentalists and other opponents of the walls have warned that the structure could pose harm to the protected wildlife.
Eamon Ryan, the leader of Ireland’s Green Party, said that he was disappointed with the decision and said that the walls will "interfere with the natural circulation of the dune system. Local jobs would be better protected by adjusting the course to the evolving natural world.”
Reports state that the County officials have said that they will accept appeals to the project over the period of next four weeks. The local media in the region also reported several environmental groups, including Friends of the Irish Environment, who have said that they plan to oppose the construction of the walls.
The Trump Organization reportedly spent nearly $330 million to acquire and develop golf courses, since it began working on such projects in 1997, according to Reuters reports.
Trump has often been in controversy when it comes to his golf courses, particularly after assuming the US presidency. The president was recently in news for sending a letter to a Scottish minister, where he called proposed wind farms near one of his courses "monsters."
Trump's company had proposed the construction of the walls, arguing that much of the sand dune along the edge of the golf course has been eroded by the ocean over the past 15 years, according to The Journal's reports.
The golf course officials, as a part of the application, had also argued that the global warming effects, including the increase in the sea levels, would increase the rates of coastal erosion.
“In our view, it could reasonably be expected that the rate of sea level rise might become twice of that presently occurring,” the Trump Organization's officials said, according to a statement obtained by Politico. “As a result, we would expect the rate of dune recession to increase.”
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The additional reason of global warming given by the golf course officials is ironic, considering the president has often expressed that he does not think climate change is real and is causing a rise in the sea level. He had once called the phenomenon a "hoax" manufactured by the Chinese.
Trump, a few months ago, had also pulled out America from the Paris Climate Accord, which acknowledges climate change as a grave danger and aims at reducing the emission of greenhouse gases.
Donald Trump Claims New Doonbeg Wall will be ‘100% effective’ at stopping Mexicans pic.twitter.com/qhCdlA5Dlc— Mallow News (@MallowNews) December 21, 2017
Another Trump wall which has been gathering negative press is the president's proposal to build a wall across the US and Southwest Mexican border. Trump said that he wants to build the structure in an attempt to put a stop to immigrants crossing illegally into America.
That makes no sense. You just want a wall around america; no one in and no one out. And America will fester away into nothing as what it was founded on is ignored.— John Paul Jones (@JPJ2JPJ) December 11, 2017
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