Wind Companies now allowed to “Kill Endangered Species” to stay in business!!!

Posted: May 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

How bad does it get to allow an Industry to “murder, maim and harm endangered species” in order to keep operating? This is exactly what the Wind Industry has “devolved to” in order to expand their useless, scam ridden agenda called Green Energy!

With the blessing of Governments in both U.S.A. and Canada these “carpetbaggers” are so entrenched in the day to day operations inside politicians offices with their high paid lobbyists and fake ENGO’s that they are now basically “running the show” against all the massive outcries from the Citizens who have been “sold out” by their elected officials!

U.S.A.

Obama put eagles on green-energy altar

By Deroy Murdock    05-20-2012

When bald eagles confront danger, most normal Americans would leap to preserve, protect and defend America’s national symbol. But Team Obama’s response is completely different: It wants to give wind-power companies long-term permits to butcher bald eagles on the altar of green energy.

The dirty secret about “clean” wind power is that its turbines are giant, whirling machetes. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), “With more than 100,000 turbines expected to be in operation in the United States by 2030, annual bird mortality rates alone (now estimated by the Service at 440,000 per year) are expected to exceed 1 million.”

Like other birds, eagles sometimes do not detect blades that often revolve at 200 mph. Such birds of prey focus on finding smaller creatures to devour and then fatally smack into windmills.

Bald eagles and golden eagles are among the victims. This is the first significant bad news for bald eagles since they have returned from near-extinction. According to the Audubon Society, only 417 nesting pairs of bald eagles inhabited the continental U.S. in 1963. The bald eagle joined the Endangered Species List on July 4, 1976. Public and private protection helped secure its June 2007 delisting. At least 7,066 nesting pairs now populate the lower 48 states, among some 330,000 total.

And now this.

Most Americans would expect Washington to shield these beautiful, majestic and soaring creatures. Instead, they are being sacrificed in the name of environmental correctness.

“We anticipate issuing programmatic permits for wind, solar and other energy projects,” says an April 12 FWS fact sheet. It also states: “Permits may authorize lethal take that is incidental to an otherwise lawful activity, such as mortalities caused by collisions with rotating wind turbines.”

“Lethal take” is Washington-speak for “federally approved eagle slaughter.” Precise eagle-kill numbers are tough to determine, in part because “other animals gobble the carcasses almost immediately,” the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s R.J. Smith explains. About 67 golden eagles are estimated to be killed annually just at Northern California’s Altamont Pass wind farm.

First-time violators of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act can receive $5,000 fines and one-year prison sentences. Second offenses double those punishments. Felony convictions can trigger $250,000 fines.

However, as the Los Angeles Times reports, “federal authorities have not prosecuted any wind farm operators” for slicing eagles in two, along with condors, bats, red-tail hawks and other birds that encounter these giant rotors.

The evil oil companies that Team Obama despises are not so lucky.

Last August, after helicopter-borne federal officials spent 45 days crisscrossing North Dakota for evidence, President Barack Obama-appointed U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon prosecuted seven petroleum producers for the 28 dead birds in or near their open waste pits. Mallard ducks, gadwalls, a solitary sandpiper, and others fatally mistook these for ponds. Facing maximum fines of $15,000 per bird and six months behind bars under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, these oilmen pleaded guilty and agreed to pay $1,000 per bird. On Jan. 18, federal Judge Daniel Hovland dismissed Purdon’s case as excessively broad.

Last July, FWS threatened to fine the mother of an 11-year-old Virginia girl $535 for illegally possessing a woodpecker that her daughter saved from a hungry cat and soon released. Public disgust with such power-lust finally made FWS back off.

Three years ago, after FWS investigated, a Wyoming utility called PacificCorp paid $10.5 million in fines after 232 golden eagles and other protected birds were electrocuted on its power lines between January 2007 and July 2009.

Team Obama mocks the solemn words chiseled above the columns of the U.S. Supreme Court: “Equal justice under law.”

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SILENCE OF THE LAMBS: U.S. GOVERNMENT AUTHORIZES KILLING OF ENDANGERED BIGHORNS IN PATH OF WIND PROJECT

By Miriam Raftery

Endangered Bighorn on boundary of Pattern’s Ocotillo Express wind facility

May 19, 2012 (Ocotillo) — In a precedent that has horrified wildlife experts, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has authorized the “take” (meaning harassment, displacement or even death) of 10 endangered Peninsular Bighorn Sheep – five ewes and five lambs.

The decision comes after federal wildlife officials were provided photographic evidence  that the endangered animals were seen in recent weeks on the site of the just-approved Ocotillo Express wind energy facility—a presence federal officials and the project developer have long denied.

Mark Jorgensen is the retired Superintendent of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, which shares a five mile border with the Ocotillo Express wind project now under construction on adjacent public property owned by the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM). He is horrified at the decision to allow the killing of the sheep on land that until recently was designated as critical bighorn habitat.

Mark Jorgensen, retired Superintendent, Anza-Borrego Desert State ParkJorgensen calls the decision “astounding”, adding that the USF&W “is charged with protecting this endangered population—and it is not showing any leadership in safeguarding the [Endangered Species Act] ESA.”

According to the USF&WS website, “The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.”

There are only about 950 Peninsular Bighorn Sheep left in the U.S. as of 2010.  Their numbers had steadily declined prior to being declared an endangered species in 1998, according to the Bighorn Institute.

The “take” authorization is found in a Biological Opinion issued by the Carlsbad, California office of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service  (USF&WS) to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on April 25, 2012.  U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar signed a final Record of Decision last week authorizing the Ocotillo wind facility. His decision relied on the  USF&WS document, among others.

Wind energy corporations in other parts of the country have been issued take permits for endangered eagles, our national symbol–all part of new policies implemented amid the rush to fast-track so-called “green” energy projects.

Until recently, over 800,000 acres in the area were designated as critical habit for the Peninsular Desert Bighorn Sheep.  But that number was recently sliced to less than half—370,000 acres—by the USF&WS, a convenient decision for Pattern Energy, developer of the 12,500 acre Ocotillo Express wind project as well as other local developers whose proposed projects were similar removed from bighorn habitat designation.

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CANADA

It will be legal in Ontario to kill loons and eagles and any other bird with Turbines!

By Bob Gaunt, Hagersville
Letters
Apr 10, 2012

Once again, we sadly observe that the coveted loon is more powerful than the mighty eagle.

In other words, the promise of relatively few dollars overrides concerns for endangered eagles in the idyllically named Summerhaven Wind Farm Project in Haldimand County.

It may be a haven for investors, who enjoy the complicity of our government to harvest unseemly profits, but it is not a haven for wildlife.

Samsung consultants present a deliberately flawed plan to monitor bird kills after the giant wind turbines are in full operation.

Isn’t that inspecting the barn door after the horse is long gone?

They promise to visit twice a week to record bird fatalities.

A Summerhaven wind turbine blade will sweep an area of almost two acres every revolution, and reach 130 meters (430 feet) into the air.

At the deceptive speed of only six revolutions per minute, the blade tip will be moving at 115 kilometres per hour, or 70 miles per hour.

At the maximum 16 revolutions per minute, the blade tip moves at a stunning 300 kilometres, or 190 miles per hour!

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