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For ‘green’ energy liberals, wind turbines trump endangered species

Tip of the hat to C. Berg for this find.

The Washington Times — March 6, 2014

The administration turns an uncaring eye toward the extinction of some species

Liberals insist on saving the shiny pigtoe, the Virginia fringed snail and the duskytail darter. No expense should be spared if it means preserving an obscure insect or a curious mussel.

But red-cockaded woodpeckers, that’s different. When a windmill to generate “renewable” energy proposes to set up shop near a bird sanctuary, endangering those woodpeckers with spinning turbine blades, the tune changes to “off with their heads.”

A trio of Republican senators are badgering the Environmental Protection Agency and the Fish and Wildlife Service to act with a semblance of consistency. Sens. David Vitter of Louisiana, James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma and Mike Crapo of Idaho noticed that the EPA didn’t bother to consult with the Interior Department when it wrote the latest global-warming rule for regulating power plants, as the law requires.

“In their zeal to fulfill the goals of the President’s Climate Action Plan,” wrote the senators to the agencies, “EPA and the Fish & Wildlife Service may be tempted to overlook the existing protections for the environment embodied in the [Endangered Species Act (ESA)]. Their failure to appropriately conduct an ESA consultation would lead to dire results for protected species and their habitat.”

Daniel M. Ashe heads the Fish & Wildlife Service, which is responsible for maintaining the list of animal and plant species threatened with extinction, and he wasn’t consulted on the new power-plant rules.   Continue reading here…..

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2 Comments on “For ‘green’ energy liberals, wind turbines trump endangered species”

  1. Alfred Alexander March 8, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

    Thank you Donna

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