So much for being warm and fuzzy with little children playing in fields of flowers and wind swept grass while an undersized “Wind Mill” gently blows behind them in a sun swept vista. You’ve seen the TV commercials. A shiny happy family driving down the road in their electric car with their hair blowing in the wind while all around them grand structures looking like something out of a “Tele Tubbies cartoon” spin in the wind generating clean, green and FREE electricity that is never ending and “sustainable”!
I wonder what the kids would say if they actually got out of that little electric car and walked over to one of these “Wind Mills” to have a picnic with Green Mommy and Green Daddy? It could go something like this: “…..Mommy what’s that awful smell?………eeeewwwww…………what’s all these feathers over here?…………………eeewwww………..Mommy watch out!……………something’s falling out of the sky on our blanket!…………….ohhhhhhh Mommy look at the dead bird…what’s happening?………………..Mommy I’m getting dizzy, I feel sick…………can we go home now?…………..pleeease!!!!…………….hurry Mommy hurry get in the car……………………..Daddy, why aren’t we going anywhere?……………SHUT UP honey, the car won’t go because the battery is empty…….Geez!……………….but Daddy can’t we plug it into the big wind mill?……………..Shut these kids up, I’m going for help!”
A bit over the top?…………………..not one little bit. These eco-whackos who are trying to put “lipstick on a green pig” will stop at nothing to make sure they get their greasy little fingers on as much money as they can before the whole Scam collapses around the,. which is happening now.
Unfortunately many hundreds of thousands of beautiful birds and bats have given up their lives for this failed experiment of Green Greed!
400,000 Dead Birds a Year and Counting
—Robert Bryce, CounterPunch (3/15/12)
In 2009, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated that the domestic wind turbines are killing about 440,000 birds per year. Since then, the wind industry has been riding a rapid growth spurt.
But that growth has slowed dramatically due to a tsunami of cheap natural gas and hefty taxpayer subsidies. Even worse: that cheap gas looks like it will last for many years and Congress has been unwilling to extend the 2.2 cents per kilowatt-hour subsidy for wind operators that expires at the end of this year.
And now, the wind industry is facing yet another massive headache: increasing resistance from environmental groups who are concerned about the effect that unrestrained construction of wind turbines is having on birds and bats. Ninety environmental groups, led by the American Bird Conservancy, have signed onto the “bird-smart wind petition” which has been submitted to the Fish and Wildlife Service.
It’s about time. Over the past two decades, the federal government has prosecuted hundreds of cases against oil and gas producers and electricity producers for violating some of America’s oldest wildlife-protection laws: the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Eagle Protection Act. But the Obama administration — like the Bush administration before it — has never prosecuted the wind industry despite myriad examples of widespread, unpermitted bird kills by turbines. A violation of either law can result in a fine of $250,000 and/or imprisonment for two years.
But amidst all the hoopla about “clean energy” the wind industry is being allowed to continue its illegal slaughter of some of America’s most precious wildlife. Even more perverse: taxpayers — thanks to billions of dollars given to the wind industry through the production tax credit and federal stimulus package — are subsidizing that slaughter.
Last June, Louis Sahagun, a reporter with the Los Angeles Times, reported that about 70 golden eagles per year are being killed by the wind turbines at Altamont Pass, located about 20 miles east of Oakland. A 2008 study funded by the Alameda County Community Development Agency estimated that about 2,400 raptors, including burrowing owls, American kestrels, and red-tailed hawks — as well as about 7,500 other birds, nearly all of which are protected under the Migratory Bird Treat Act — are being killed every year by the turbines at Altamont.
A pernicious double standard is at work here and it riles Eric Glitzenstein, a Washington, D.C.-based lawyer who wrote the petition to the Fish and Wildlife Service for the American Bird Conservancy. He told me, “It’s absolutely clear that there’s been a mandate from the top” echelons of the federal government not to prosecute the wind industry for violating wildlife laws.
Glitzenstein comes to this issue from the Left. Before forming his own law firm, he worked for Public Citizen, an organization created by Ralph Nader. But when it comes to wind energy, “Many environmental groups have been claiming that too few people are paying attention to the science of climate change, but some of those same groups are ignoring the science that shows wind energy’s negative impacts on bird and bat populations.”
That willful ignorance may be ending. The Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club, and Defenders of Wildlife recently filed a lawsuit against officials in Kern County, California, in an effort to block the construction of two proposed wind projects — North Sky River and Jawbone — due to concerns about their impact on local bird populations. The groups oppose the projects because of their proximity to the deadly Pine Tree facility, which the Fish and Wildlife Service believes is killing 1,595 birds, or about 12 birds per megawatt of installed capacity, per year.