More Wind Turbine Farms – More Birds Die

A federal judge in California shot down a rule proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). The FWS ruling would have allowed the wind industry to legally kill bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years, ref. 1. Isn’t the FWS, funded by U.S. taxpayers, supposed to protect our wildlife? The ruling, by the federal judge, exposes the Obama administration’s cozy relationship with the “green” wind industry.

A Wildlife Society Bulletin, March 2013, reported on a study that found wind turbines in the U.S. kill some 573,000 birds each year. The FWS and the U.S. Justice Department have been reluctant to prosecute the wind industry for killing protected birds. Only two cases against wind energy companies have been initiated over the past two years.

The federal government has no clear policies for how it will handle the current slaughter or to what extent it will prosecute wind energy companies for violating the 1940 Bald Eagle Protection Act and the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act. However, Obama’s Clean Power Plan calls for tens of thousands more wind turbines by 2030. These proposed wind turbines will be slaughtering birds in far greater numbers than they are now. It’s a sad day in Black Rock!

References

1. Bryce, Robert, “Obama’s Wind-Energy Lobby Gets Blown Away” the Wall Street Journal, Aug. 18, 2015.