Trump’s Other Wall Protects Golf Course from Sea Level Rise
While reality TV star and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump likes to fulminate about pulling the United States out of the Paris climate agreement and building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, there’s another wall that shows him taking a very different position on climate change in his business dealings.
“Trump has applied to build a wall to prevent coastal erosion at his Trump International Golf Links seaside golf resort in Ireland—and has explicitly cited risks posed by climate change in his application,” ThinkProgress reports, citing a permit review by Politico. “Trump bought the property, located in County Clare, Ireland, in February of 2014, after an usually stormy winter. Just days after the purchase went through, a storm hit and eroded as much as eight meters (about 26 feet) off some parts of the golf course. That prompted Trump to look into building a coastal wall to protect his investment from future erosion.”
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When the Irish government rejected the proposal to build a two-mile wall out of 200,000 tons of rock, the Trump organization promptly resubmitted it to the County Clare Council.
“If the predictions of an increase in sea level rise as a result of global warming prove correct, however, it is likely that there will be a corresponding increase in coastal erosion rates not just in Doughmore Bay but around much of the coastline of Ireland. In our view, it could reasonably be expected that the rate of sea level rise might become twice of that presently occurring,” Trump International Golf Links Ireland states in the application. “As a result, we would expect the rate of dune recession to increase.”