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Wind Farms Divide Environmentalists: Renewable Energy vs. Dead Birds

Rob Nikolewski — Daily Signal — August 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—Paul Domski is a falconer and a bird lover. And he seriously doesn’t like wind farms or the federal government’s recent decision to protect wind energy companies from punishment for 30 years for killing eagles.

“If I was the country’s energy czar, I’d get rid of [wind farms],” said Domski, who also is the mountain region director of the North American Falconers Association. “From an avian standpoint, from a biological standpoint, they’re a disaster.”

Domski was one of a few dozen people to show up Tuesday night at a “public scoping meeting” on eagle management by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—one of five meetings the agency is holding across the country to gather comments about possible changes to the agency’s regulations.

One of the hottest topics is the 30-year permit the agency approved last December.

“The span of time that a wind project is operational is about 30 years,” Brian Millsap, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service national raptor coordinator said. “So a five-year permit only covers them for one-sixth of a project’s life.”

Environmentalists are split when it comes to wind farms—embraced by some as a big part of the country’s renewable energy portfolio but disliked by others because of the number of birds that are killed by the turbines spinning in the wind.  Continue reading here…..

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3 Comments on “Wind Farms Divide Environmentalists: Renewable Energy vs. Dead Birds”

  1. sandcanyongal August 21, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

    Wind turbine developers refuse to acknowledge that protective shield need to be put over the blades. GE should be strung up by the gonads.

  2. sandcanyongal August 21, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

    Seriously. The design of the wind turbines and also solar concentrators should never have been placed into widespread production. At best they’re poorly conceived prototypes that should have been abandoned when they were 125 feet tall 25 years ago. Instead, those morons decided to supersize the towers, fully knowing at that time that there would be severe mortality of birds and bats. Personally, I would contribute to a worldwide lawsuit againt each of the manufacturers and developers for force the turbines and concentrators to be shut down.

    Case in point. All computers have fans. Those fans by law are enclosed to protect anyone from having they fingers chopped up or hair pulled into them. House fans and all other fans are fitted with grating to prevent being bloodied. Can you image if indoor floor fans didn’t have grating on them? Toddlers where have their fingers chopped up.

    It will take the full force of all of us to put a permanent end to bird and bat slaughter.

    We haven’t even addressed noise yet.

  3. Mason I. Bilderberg (MIB) August 21, 2014 at 10:23 pm #

    Reblogged this on RubinoWorld.

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