December 6, 2013

Obama plans a 30 year pass for wind fields that kill hundreds of thousands of birds annually

The Hill - The Obama administration has nearly finalized a rule that would give energy companies lengthy permits for wind farms that end up killing bald and golden eagles.

Hundreds of thousands of birds are killed every year after flying into large wind turbine blades, an issue that became an ongoing saga for the administration this year.

The White House finalized its review of a rule that would give the farms a 30-year pass for the killings, known as "takings."

The details of the Interior Department rule are not yet known.

Obama found himself caught between green groups and renewable energy companies over the summer due to the controversy surrounding the rule, which also applies to oil rigs and electric lines.

Late last month, Duke Energy reached a $1 million settlement with the Obama administration over the deaths of more than a dozen protected eagles and other birds at its wind farms.

The settlement marked the first time the administration had penalized a wind energy company for killing eagles.


Anonymous said...

To most experts, though, there's a problem with the bird-mortality argument: The vast majority of research shows that wind turbines kill relatively few birds, at least compared with other man-made structures. The statistics are shocking if you consider just how many people are crying out against wind power for the birds' sake:

Man-made structure/technology

Associated bird deaths per year (U.S.)

Feral and domestic cats

Hundreds of millions [source: AWEA]

Power lines

130 million -- 174 million [source: AWEA]

Windows (residential and commercial)

100 million -- 1 billion [source: TreeHugger]


70 million [source: AWEA]


60 million -- 80 million [source: AWEA]

Lighted communication towers

40 million -- 50 million [source: AWEA]

Wind turbines

10,000 -- 40,000 [source: ABC]

Anonymous said...

There's data that says cats are not the predators of birds they're claimed to be.

Serious problems with wind farms are their noise, both subsonic and sonic, and the blade-flicker that can promote seizures. They make homes unsaleable --one family had to actually walk away from the home they'd put years and tens of thousand into because they couldn't stand to live there and couldn't find a buyer.

The lefty cartoonist Lynda Barry is one of the leaders of an opposition group in Wisconsin. Read about it here