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Trump's Irish golf course gets approval to build that wall, thanks to climate change
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
President Trump got the go-ahead to build that wall. No, not that one — the one on the coast of his County Clare golf course in Ireland. The "wall" is actually two walls along the country's Western coast, running more than 2,000 feet on one side and 550 feet on the other. The council approved construction Thursday as "coastal erosion management" in a revised development proposal for the course. Clare County Council has today issued a decision to grant permission for the development of coastal erosion management works at, and adjacent to, Carrowmore Dunes, White Strand, Doughmore Bay and Trump International Golf Links and Hotel, Doonbeg, Clare pic.twitter.com/kch6i5GxUR — Clare County Council (@ClareCoCo) December 21, 2017 Last year, officials rejected a larger, 15-foot-tall wall that ran just under 2 miles along the beach. All these wall proposals pushed environmentalists and locals to fight the course, but at least this latest approval is a subtle win for climate scientists.  SEE ALSO: The U.S. is now the only country opposed to the Paris Climate Agreement Trump International Golf Links and Hotel Ireland in Doonbeg, Ireland, applied for the current walls citing sea level rise due to extreme weather, aka climate change. Politico reviewed an application last year that justified the wall because of erosion from changing weather.  Reminder, this from a man and administration that has repeatedly denied global warming as a real problem.  We reached out to Trump hotels for more information, but haven't heard back yet.  Thursday's approval of the wall was met with outcry. Wildlife experts and conservation groups derided the decision that is expected to damage the dunes in the area. Ireland's Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan tweeted his disappointment, saying the walls will "interfere with the natural circulation of the dune system." Dissappointed Clare County Council have approved Trumps sea wall at Doonbeg. It 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. #ecology https://t.co/gG3EKELUaI pic.twitter.com/mbWO7Jetj8 — Eamon Ryan (@EamonRyan) December 21, 2017 A petition to stop the wall garnered over 100,000 signatures, but didn't stop the modified walls from passing through the local council. WATCH: 2017 is about to be one of the hottest years of all time read more
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