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‘Stop Trump’s golf course’ petition takes off in Scotland

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A petition to stop the Trump Organization building another golf course in Scotland has gathered over 30,000 signatures.

The company wants to create a second 18-hole course near Aberdeen, where now US President Donald Trump opened his first golf links in 2012 following a protracted battle with environmentalists, local residents and politicians.

Campaign organisation 38 Degrees gathered the signatures and also commissioned a Survation opinion poll which suggests 68 percent of people in Scotland do not want another Trump course.

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Stewart Kirkpatrick, head of Scotland for 38 Degrees, said: “After the first course failed to deliver the promised investment and jobs bonanza, Scots now feel the new plan just won’t bring economic benefits to the area.”

Locals said he broke promises on creating jobs and rode roughshod over concerns about construction, likening the six-foot (1.8 metre) wall he built through their community to the barrier he is planning for the Mexican border.

But Sarah Malone, executive vice president of Trump International Golf Links Scotland, said the existing course “has brought significant economic benefits to the tourism industry and put Aberdeenshire on the world map”, adding that the plan for a second course “continues to attract great support”.

“The detractors who make these ignorant and false statements should be ashamed,” she said.

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“At a time when the north east of Scotland is so focused on the diversification of its economy, the Trump investment and future plans have never been more critical.”

Robert Gray, Aberdeenshire Council’s head of planning and building standards, said the deadline for objections has passed so the petition will not be formally considered in the planning process.

But he added: “The planning service is however aware of the petition and if there is anything new within it which ought to be considered as part of the application, this will be done.”

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The Trump Organization also owns another golf course in Scotland, in Turnberry, around 50 miles (80km) south of Glasgow.


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There’s evidence that climate activism could be swaying public opinion in the US

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Climate activists walked out of classrooms and workplaces in more than 150 countries on Friday, Sept. 20 to demand stronger action on climate change. Mass mobilizations like this have become increasingly common in recent years.

I’m a scholar of environmental communication who examines how people become engaged with solving dilemmas such as climate change, and how activism motivates others to take action. A new study I worked on suggests that large rallies, such as this youth-led Climate Strike, could be influencing public opinion.

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‘I’ve seen smarter cabinets at IKEA’: See the most memorable signs from the global climate strike

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"Why should we go to class if you won't listen to the educated?" one homemade sign asked.

With millions marching to demand bold climate action in more than 150 countries around the world on Friday, a number of sentiments expressed on homemade signs and through other demonstrations captured the world's attention.

An estimated 400,000 people attended strikes across Australia to start off the day of action. The Australian Conservation Foundation shared a video of some of the young people, including one marcher who proclaimed, "You'll die of old age, we'll die of climate change," addressing the world leaders who climate scientists say are not working nearly fast enough to end fossil fuel extraction and the resulting carbon emissions which are causing global warming, rising sea levels, droughts, and other extreme weather events.

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Trump felt free to ask for Ukraine election interference after Mueller let him off the hook: Wired reporter Garrett Graff

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On CNN's "New Day Weekend," author and commentator Garrett Graff noted that President Donald Trump's attempt to push Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden came right after former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in 2016 ended — and suggested the two were related.

"You know, Garrett, there may be some people thinking 'Gosh, we just got out of the whole scenario with the Mueller report. Now we have this again,'" said anchor Christi Paul. "Do you get a sense that there are people looking at this saying 'I think I have confidence in the 2020 election?'"

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