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Germany: “Not All Things Green Serve the Purpose of Nature Conservation”

Germany’s “energywende” threatens migratory bats Forschungsverbund, Berlin — February 11, 2015 Numerous bats are killed by German wind turbines. The number of such turbines, already very high, is planned to be increased further. More than two-thirds of bats being killed by wind turbines on German ground are migrants on their way between summer and winter […]

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The Canadian MSM is Starting to Pay Attention! Wind Farms Killing Thousands of Bats

Tip o’ the hat to M.K. Barton for this article. Sheila Pratt — National Post — November 19, 2014 EDMONTON — Thousands of bats die on southern Alberta wind farms each year, but it’s unclear what effect that is having on the overall population, says Canada’s foremost bat expert, Robert Barclay. Most of the bats […]

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Wind Facilities in Germany Kill Alarming Number of Noctule Bats from Near and Far: Immediate Action Necessary

Peer-reviewed — PLOS One — August 13, 2014  Abstract Over recent years, it became widely accepted that alternative, renewable energy may come at some risk for wildlife, for example, when wind turbines cause large numbers of bat fatalities. To better assess likely populations effects of wind turbine related wildlife fatalities, we studied the geographical origin […]

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Wind Permits Allowing Eagle Deaths Face Blowback

Clare Foran — National Journal — January 23, 2014 An ongoing battle over an Interior Department rule-making that allows wind-energy producers to kill bald and golden eagles without prosecution has created a rift between environmental advocates and the wind industry. “We’re between a rock and a hard place,” said David Yarnold, president and CEO of […]

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US Wind Turbines Kill Over 600,000 Bats A Year — Pesticide use will rise dramatically

Josh Lieberman — Science Times — November 8, 2013 Wind turbines killed hundreds of thousands of bats in 2012 in the United States, according to an article by Mark Hayes of the University of Colorado. Hayes took the number of dead bats from 21 wind turbine locations and inferred the number of nationwide bat deaths, arriving at […]

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Environmental News Network: Should Wind Industry Get a Free Pass on Bird Deaths?

Paul Batistelli — Environmental News Network — October 15, 2013 Energy generation has never been without controversy, and green energy is proving to be no different. The environmental arguments against coal, natural gas, oil and nuclear power are well rehearsed. More recently, the wind power industry has been unable to silence critics of wind turbines’ […]

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Wind Energy Gets Away With Murder

James Conca — Forbes — September 22, 2013 I’m not sure what all the fuss is about. So Wind Farms kill eagles. It’s not like we don’t kill beautiful endangered animals all the time. True, these are federally-protected and they’re an iconic symbol of our democracy. But hey, who minds using taxpayer dollars to kill […]

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Government bureaucrats delay life-saving road projects, but let wind turbines butcher bats

From WattsUpWithThat — April 7, 2013 Paul Driessen and James H. Rust Georgia residents recently learned that arare bat has stalled state highway improvements. The May 2012 sighting of an endangered Indiana brown bat in a northern Georgia tree has triggered federal regulations requiring that state road projects not “harm, kill or harass” bats. Even […]

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James Delingpole — “Bat-chomping, bird-slicing Eco Crucifixes”

Ricochet — January 5, 2013 It’s hard to pick which aspect of the global green movement disgusts me most: really, we’re spoilt for choice. But if I had to choose one thing, I think it would be its grotesque, almost pathological hypocrisy. Nowhere is this better exemplified than in the greenies’ ongoing obsession with wind farms […]

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EPAW infrared video shows bats being hit by wind turbine

  Bats seem to be attracted to wind turbines. On this infrared video taken at night, one can see bats “investigating” the moving blades of a wind turbine. Strikes are also recorded.    

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McGuinty’s Green Energy Act’s “Mortality Threshold” favours wind developers over Ontario’s natural heritage

Rick Conroy — The Wellington Times — November 16, 2012 How ministry bureaucracy tasked with protecting Ontario’s natural heritage is clearing the way for industrial wind development What is an Important Bird Area? Does it have any specific meaning or legal weight? Not much, it seems, when it comes to industrial wind factories or solar […]

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Wind turbines take steep toll on birds and bats (article and video)

Zulima Palacio — Voice of America / Science and Technology — October 10, 2012 Watch video here Wind power is key to efforts to produce clean, limitless energy and to slow global warming. It’s one of the world’s fastest-growing energy industries. But there is mounting evidence that expanding “wind farms” are taking a toll on […]

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Gord Miller — “Losing our touch” (You got that right!! — DQ)

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Industrial wind turbines are driving eagles and other majestic birds to extinction.

Wind energy’s bird and bat butchery Craig Rucker and Paul Driessen — Cfact.org — August 8, 2012 (This article originally appeared in the National Journal) In 2009, the federal government fined ExxonMobil $600,000 for the unintentional deaths of 85 birds in five states during a five-year period. Meanwhile, well over 500,000 birds and countless bats are killed annually […]

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Germany — Negative Effects of Wind Farms on Distant Ecosystems — More on bats

Gary Thomas — AzoCleanTech — July 3, 2012 German wind turbines kill more than 200,000 bats every year. These mortality rates are quite high and may lead to significant decline in their population. The death of bats may not be sustainable. Bats can typically produce one or two offspring annually, and recovery from the effect […]

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