LONDON (AP) — Britain's Advertising Standards Agency has ruled that Donald Trump's anti-wind farm advert should be withdrawn in its current form.
The independent advertising regulator said Wednesday that the ad from Trump International Gold Club Scotland is misleading and cannot be substantiated.
The ad warns that wind farms would hurt Scottish tourism and mar Scotland's beauty. It features a photograph of a wind farm development overlooking a crowded highway in California.
Trump has been fighting the wind energy project, which he believes may mar the view from his luxury golf resort in Scotland.
The standards agency said the Trump resort had been told not to make claims that could not be proven and not to use "misleading imagery."
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Although PETA might not be the worst of Lindsay Lohan's worries, <a href="http://omg.yahoo.com/blogs/celeb-news/lindsay-lohan-fur-obsession-four-different-coats-six-212932050.html" target="_blank">the troubled star's fur obsession</a> has made her one of the group's targets. They have repeatedly asked Lohan to stay away from animals, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU-8IRfBdeg" target="_blank">pelted her with flour in a Paris nightclub</a> and <a href="http://www.peta.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/tags/Lindsay+Lohan/default.aspx" target="_blank">offered to pay for her 2010 rehab stint</a> if she agreed to give up meat.
In <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/01/07/137822/koch-interview-global-warming/" target="_blank">an interview with Think Progress</a> in 2011, David Koch, the co-owner of Koch Industries, expressed skepticism about climate change. "Climate does fluctuate. It goes from hot to cold. We have ice ages," he said. Greenpeace recently called out the billionare for <a href="http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/campaigns/global-warming-and-energy/polluterwatch/koch-industries/" target="_blank">donating millions of dollars to climate change denial</a> groups. And in a 2010 New York Magazine profile, <a href="http://nymag.com/news/features/67285/index4.html" target="_blank">Koch insinuated that global warming was actually a good thing</a>. “The Earth will be able to support enormously more people because a far greater land area will be available to produce food,” he said.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBzXVHoF-pI" target="_blank">The "maverick" ex-governor of Alaska</a>'s attitude toward man-made climate change is no secret. In a 2010 California appearance, she called <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2010/02/10/81620/palin-snake-oil/" target="_blank">studies that link global warming to disappearing polar bears "snake oil science,"</a> and insinuated that such research was merely an effort "to shut down a lot of our development." "<a href="http://www.worldwatch.org/node/5879" target="_blank">A changing environment will affect Alaska</a> more than any other state, because of our location," she said in a later interview with Newsmax. "I'm not one, though, who would attribute it to being man-made."
<a href="http://www.peta.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/2009/05/13/fur-flies-at-anna-wintour-event.aspx" target="_blank">PETA has long tried</a> to get the famous Vogue editor to give up her fur habit, but to no avail. The <a href="http://www.wwd.com/media-news/fashion-memopad/memo-pad-anna-wintour-unfazed-id-slows-mariah-carey-at-fashion-rocks-2134034?src=bblast/051409" target="_blank">group crashed a 2009 event for Wintour</a> at the 92nd Street Y in New York, chanting “Anna Wintour, Fur Shame.” After they were thrown out, Wintour allegedly told the audience that "fur is part of fashion and we will continue to report on it as long as that is the case.”
The legendary guitarist has recently seen an upswing in publicity, thanks to his outspoken support of conservative issues, including the idea that climate change is not a real problem. According to the Daily Beast, <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2012/10/17/victoria-jackson-rush-limbaugh-sarah-palin-more-celebrity-global-warming-deniers-photos.html#3476f7c8-846c-47b8-aca6-b3b1fc152b40" target="_blank">Nugent called Al Gore a “fraud” </a>and a “global-warming Ponzi-schemer,” and <a href="http://www.ecorazzi.com/2010/03/10/ted-nugent-to-school-children-global-warming-is-a-fraud-watch-glenn-beck/" target="_blank">told high schoolers that global warming was a hoax</a> and that they should listen to more Glenn Beck.
Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi
Snooki might be cleaning up her act as a new mom, but she has a pretty spotty past when it comes to the environment. The "Jersey Shore" star <a href="http://www.intouchweekly.com/stars/news/ridin-jersey-nicole-snooki-polizzi-auctions-her-pink-escalade-ebay" target="_blank">recently sold her beloved Cadillac Escalade</a>, which <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/rollover/etc/before.html" target="_blank">the EPA named as one of the most polluting</a>, least energy efficient SUVs. Last year, PETA criticized Polizzi and MTV co-star Jenni "JWoww" Farley for <a href="http://www.celebuzz.com/2012-03-22/peta-blasts-snooki-and-jwowws-purple-dyed-dog-exclusive/" target="_blank">dyeing Farley's dogs' fur pink and purple</a>.
Despite <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/story/2007/04/10/live-earth-lineups.html" target="_blank">performing in a Live Earth benefit concert in 2007</a>, Madonna has been slammed as caring more about money than the planet. Fox News reported that the Material Girl's Ray of Light Foundation has <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,288295,00.html" target="_blank">invested millions of dollars into some of the world's largest corporate polluters</a>, such as Alcoa, Weyerhaeuser and BP. In addition, Madge has taken heat for her emissions output. According to the BBC, an environmental consultant named John Buckley estimated that <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/london/content/articles/2007/07/03/madonna_carbon_footprint_feature.shtml" target="_blank">Madonna's total carbon footprint from July 2006-July 2007 was 1,017 metric tons</a>, an exponentially higher amount than the average person. "She needs to be seen to be walking the walk as well as singing the song," Buckley said in reference to her efforts as a green ambassador.
In a December 2009 op-ed titled "<a href="http://www.journaltimes.com/app/paul_ryan/post.php?id=150">Misplaced Priorities</a>," Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) argued that the presence of snow and a high unemployment rate made "unilateral economic restraint in the name of fighting global warming ... a tough sell" for Wisconsin. Forecast the Facts campaign manager <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/08/11/677051/meet-paul-ryan-climate-denier-conspiracy-theorist-koch-acolyte/">Brad Johnson wrote</a> that Ryan has voted "to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from limiting greenhouse pollution," and vetoed other environmental legislation.
Following Hurricane Sandy, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/05/donald-trump-climate-change_n_2077635.html">Donald Trump took to Twitter</a> to express doubts about the existence of climate change. Among other things, he tweeted, "It’s extremely cold in NY & NJ—not good for flood victims. Where is global warming?" He also posted, "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive." In November 2012, <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/264441602636906496">Trump also tweeted</a>, "Global warming is based on faulty science and manipulated data."
Once a beloved "Saturday Night Live" star, Victoria Jackson's recent buzz has less to do with levity and more to do with radical conservatism. According to the Daily Beast, <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2012/10/17/victoria-jackson-rush-limbaugh-sarah-palin-more-celebrity-global-warming-deniers-photos.html#96e1d78f-de4d-4f01-8238-096131b42768" target="_blank">Jackson allegedly spoke out against climate change science</a> during a recent interview on "The Howard Stern Show." “Human-caused global warming has never been proven,” she said. “It’s based on false science.”
Not only was the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback famously arrested for his involvement in a dog-fighting ring, but, he writes in his autobiography, <a href="http://content.usatoday.com/communities/thehuddle/post/2012/07/usa-today-exclusive-michael-vick-interview-at-8-pm-et/1#.UWg8HKs6VNU" target="_blank">he was "more dedicated" to learning about the illegal practice than studying his football playbook</a>. Although Vick served his time and is attempting to reform his reputation, many still associate the football star with animal abuse.
George W. Bush
George W. Bush has a pretty bad record when it comes to climate policy. Not only did he refuse to sign the Kyoto Protocol during his time as president, but a 2007 article by Rolling Stone magazine claims <a href="http://www.desmogblog.com/sites/beta.desmogblog.com/files/The%20Secret%20Campaign%20of%20President%20Bush%20rolling%20stone.pdf" target="_blank">his administration tried to actively mislead the public on climate science</a>. Bush's climate record dates back to his pre-Oval Office years. During a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GvkqCcrvJc">presidential debate with Vice President Al Gore in 2000</a>, Bush said, "I don't think we know the solution to global warming yet. And I don't think we've got all the facts." He also said, "There's differing opinions and before we react, I think it's best to have the full accounting."