Sunday, May 04, 2014

This is why they're referred to as 'bird cuisinarts'

The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) announced it was suing the Obama administration for finalizing a rule that would allow wind farms to kill eagles for up to 30 years. The bird group says that the new rule violates existing federal laws.
It's not just eagles, either:
Last year, reports began to surface of the huge impact wind farms have on bird populations. One report said that 573,000 birds and 888,000 bats were being killed each year by wind turbines, more than 30 percent higher than federal government estimates. Many of these birds were protected by federal laws, including the Migratory Bird Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.
Problem here: 'Last year' is bullshit; these things killing avians has been documented for YEARS; what they actually mean is "This finally got bad enough we HAVE to say something."

Also, they finally got tired of Obama playing favorites:
It wasn’t until November 2013 that the Obama administration finally prosecuted an energy company for bird deaths at wind farms. The government ordered that a subsidiary of Duke Energy pay $1 million in fines for the killing of 160 birds at two wind farms in Wyoming.

But this has been the only wind power prosecution so far, and environmentalists worry that the Obama administration may be slow to prosecute more wind companies in the future, especially if companies are allowed 30-year “take” permits.
Be interesting to know the financial connections between Obama friends and the windfarm industry, wouldn't it?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've heard somewhere that a well placed rifle bullet can cause a bird cuisinart to disassemble in an epic and very enjoyable fashion.