First Minister Alex Salmond has defended his push for a "renewables revolution" in a letter to US businessman and outspoken wind farm opponent Donald Trump.
Mr Trump is angry at plans to build offshore turbines near the site of his Aberdeenshire golf course.
On Thursday, he wrote to Mr Salmond after hearing that Korean engineering company Doosan shelved a renewable energy investment plan, citing "overall economic conditions".
Mr Trump alleged the energy policy will turn Scotland into a third world wasteland that global investors will avoid.
In an earlier letter, made public today, the First Minister told Mr Trump: "It is my belief that Scotland's great cities and ports are ideally placed to become a key hub for the rapidly-growing multibillion-pound offshore renewables industry.
"Our waters are estimated to have as much as a quarter of Europe's potential offshore wind energy and we are perfectly positioned to develop the technology that will power this remarkable renewables revolution."
He insists he will play no part in the determination of the controversial wind turbine testing centre for Aberdeen Bay.
He also explained that any assurance made by the previous administration about the location should not have been given.
Mr Salmond said the offshore wind sector is forecast to generate about £30bn of investment and lead to the creation of up to 28,000 Scottish jobs.
He added: "I don't expect you to support the development of the offshore wind in Scotland but I hope this letter will allow you to understand the position of the Scottish Government in terms of the importance we place on this industry's great potential."
Mr Trump is due to appear at Holyrood's Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee on Wednesday next week as part of an investigation into renewable energy targets.
Writing to the First Minister, he predicted Doosan's decision would be one of many because "wind power does not work".
Mr Trump added: "Once the subsidies end, wind power dies, as we have already seen all over the world.
"Please learn something from this - don't destroy your coastlines and your countryside with these monstrous turbines. Your economy will become a third world wasteland that global investors will avoid.
"I look forward to speaking before Parliament next week as I love Scotland and only have its best interest in mind."
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