Wind industry seeking still more special treatment in the form of unpunished eagle slayings

posted at 6:01 pm on September 6, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

The Obama administration has been most vociferous about their prerogative to exercise their ‘prosecutorial discretion’ in enforcing the laws of the land; drugs and immigration spring immediately to mind, but another very conspicuous example of their discriminate habits comes from the Department of Interior. The administration has very readily brought suits against energy companies in violation of the protected-species laws that influence so many of the United States’ land-use policies, but rather mysteriously, none of these energy companies have been wind companies — which, considering that wind turbines kill hundreds of thousands of birds every year, feels like a disconnect, no?

Nope, not really. The Obama administration has made far too many high-roller “investments,” to use the president’s obnoxiously persistent and misleading term, in developing and supporting wind energy, and it simply wouldn’t do to draw attention to the fact that wind actually isn’t the seamlessly, perfectly, messianically green and clean form of energy that its many determined lobbyists and mindless supporters make it out to be (for so, so many reasons, ahem, but I’ll stick to the rampant bird-murder for now).

But of course, when it comes to any type of rent-seeking, one special favor all too often leads to another. Via The Hill:

Wildlife advocates and proponents of wind energy visited the White House, meeting with the Obama administration over a regulation that would extend the length of permits that allow energy companies to unintentionally kill protected eagles.

Last week, representatives from four conservation organizations and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) got together with administration officials to talk about the rule, which is currently under review at the White House’s regulations office.  …

Every year, hundreds of thousands of birds are killed when they fly into wind turbines. It’s unclear how many of them are bald and golden eagles, which are protected by federal law, but the Fish and Wildlife Service gives permits to projects with conservation plans that are nonetheless expected to unintentionally kill a small number of the eagles.

The Fish and Wildlife Service has developed a regulation that would extend the length of those permits from five years to 30. …

Conservationists are worried that the extension would give wind farms too much of a license to kill protected birds and that researchers need to be allowed to develop better preservation methods.

Take, take, take, wind industry — I have few doubts that what started as a five year exemption will be extended, and then extended another time after that, and another after that…


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Maybe they could get coal plants to sell them eagle-murder offsets.

Fabozz on September 6, 2013 at 6:05 PM

If you want to harness the wind, you have to kill the birds.

BobMbx on September 6, 2013 at 6:06 PM

There should be signs posted near all windmills that warn eagles that the spinning blades may kill them.

Nethicus on September 6, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Meanwhile if we pick up a bald eagle feather from one killed by one of these windturbines, we can be subject to a $100K fine and a year in jail.

http://boingboing.net/2009/06/09/keeping-a-bald-eagle.html

Laws are simply for us peasants.

rbj on September 6, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Has the number of Eagles “saved” by banning DDT been exceeded by the number killed by wind turbines yet?

Rich H on September 6, 2013 at 6:12 PM

In Colorado we have a public gun range next to a dump next to a power station. To keep the birds away from the power station, they have an ongoing screeching siren 24/7. It is loud, obnoxious and only barely tolerable even with ear protection on. But it’s there.

I’ve been to a couple wind farms. There is nothing but dead birds. They have employees collect the carcases.

Is Obama going to install bird sirens everywhere, or would that upset the eco-friendliness of wind power?

patman77 on September 6, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Enviro-nazis never saw a law they weren’t willing to break in order to further the cause.

antipc on September 6, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Eagles…..unite. Form a Union, and you’d have a chance. ;-)

tommy71 on September 6, 2013 at 6:20 PM

These things are a hazard designed by liberal moonbats.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2410938/How-40mph-winds-wrecked-turbine-Photo-shows-blades-torn-buckled-force-gale.html

workingclass artist on September 6, 2013 at 6:22 PM

There should be signs posted near all windmills that warn eagles that the spinning blades may kill them.

Nethicus on September 6, 2013 at 6:07 PM

in spanish

workingclass artist on September 6, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Is Obama going to install bird sirens everywhere, or would that upset the eco-friendliness of wind power?

patman77 on September 6, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Depends on who decides it’s a good idea. If the evil energy companies like the idea it’s noise pollution. If gang-green likes the idea, it will be the law of the land.

antipc on September 6, 2013 at 6:23 PM

There should be signs posted near all windmills that warn eagles that the spinning blades may kill them.

Nethicus on September 6, 2013 at 6:07 PM

KEEP OUT
BIRDS FLYING INTO BLADES WILL BE SUBJECT TO FINES AND/OR IMPRISONMENT
(USC 22 ss 187)

BobMbx on September 6, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Personal studies that I have done on bird populations prove that the low-frequency hum from the windmills are causing the eggs of all species of bird to have shells so thin that they break before maturing.

slickwillie2001 on September 6, 2013 at 6:28 PM

There should be signs posted near all windmills that warn eagles that the spinning blades may kill them.

Nethicus on September 6, 2013 at 6:07 PM

That makes just as much sense as the liberals’ ‘gun-free zones’.

slickwillie2001 on September 6, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Wind is the least cost-effective energy available. Huge waste of money.

BKeyser on September 6, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Hey Erika, just wanted to let you know I think you are the top writer on this site. You don’t always get the most comments but I think that has to do with the fact that Allah and Ed take all the click bait articles.

Keep it up!

Meat Fighter on September 6, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Wind is the least cost-effective energy available. Huge waste of money.

BKeyser on September 6, 2013 at 6:38 PM

That’s irrelevant to the Left. When all is said and done, all they care about is making themselves feel better about themselves. They never consider -any- policy past “stage one.”

Birds getting killed, inefficiencies, waste, fraud, etc… these things are not important. Wind energy allows for self-congratulation. In other words, the Progressive ideology is a very selfish approach to life.

visions on September 6, 2013 at 6:59 PM

…can we get the MSM…to fly?

KOOLAID2 on September 6, 2013 at 7:05 PM

I’m not convinced about the whole bird kill aspect of wind farms. There is a huge installation near Idaho Falls and I get up on the hills every so often. I’ve yet to see or hear of any significant avian damage…and we have a good-sized population of eagles and other raptors. In addition, the blades turn so slowly that any birds killed by them had to have been marginal in the first place.

I’m not defending wind farms, I agree that they are one of the least productive forms of generation. However, I have yet to see any compelling evidence that these turbines are bird blenders.

Ace ODale on September 6, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Wind isn’t green energy… it’s red energy.

Marcola on September 6, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Watermelon energy with a side of dead eagles.

Viator on September 6, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Watermelon energy with a side of dead eagles.

Viator on September 6, 2013 at 8:10 PM

…and a lot of well-fed possum and raccoons.

slickwillie2001 on September 6, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Every year, hundreds of thousands of birds are killed when they fly into wind turbines. It’s unclear how many of them are bald and golden eagles, which are protected by federal law, but the Fish and Wildlife Service gives permits to projects with conservation plans that are nonetheless expected to unintentionally kill a small number of the eagles.

You would think that the permits would come with the requirement that the turbine owners keep records of how many birds of each species their installation kills so that the impact on the environment could be weighed against the alleged benefits of wind power in an informed manner. But, no, there’s no records of how much damage this special dispensation is causing, they’re just averting their regulatory eyes entirely without even a fig leaf’s worth of concern for wildlife. If the Obama Interior Dept. doesn’t even ask the question, it’s because they don’t want to know the answer.

It just goes to show that environmental regulations aren’t about the environment but about adding as many excuses for controlling the population’s behavior as can be shoved down the public’s throat.

Socratease on September 6, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Maybe they should post “no-fly” zone signs around the wind turbines. It obviously works so well with the “no-gun” zones… /sarc

dominigan on September 6, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Here comes a golden eagle — second time today
Coasting on a zepher — windfarm in it’s way
How many birds they’ve murdered — Only God can say
If I had a rocket launcher… I’d make somebody pay

papertiger on September 7, 2013 at 4:22 AM

So if I put up one of these things, and the apocalypse happens, I will not only have (occasional) power, but a ready supply of barbeque?

Sign me up.

Squiggy on September 7, 2013 at 7:34 AM

A murder of crows takes on a whole new meaning…

Rapskins on September 7, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Chopping up the eagles one by one
Oh boy Greenies won’t this be fun

AshleyTKing on September 7, 2013 at 2:10 PM

papertiger on September 7, 2013 at 4:22 AM

+1

I had the displeasure of running into him in a line at a Toronto airport in 1991.

AshleyTKing on September 7, 2013 at 2:31 PM

the DOI is evil. Wind farms have killed at least half of C golden eagle population. And also remember what they are doing to our wild horses..

Bullhead on September 7, 2013 at 4:28 PM

I have yet to see any dead birds beneath any windmill generator. More screaming for money on one of the most expensive electric generators. The public was sold a pig in a polk when these things were erected. The wind varies but the tides are constant; why no harnessing of the tides?

mixplix on September 7, 2013 at 6:31 PM

I have a slogan, “Break Big Wind Now!”

flataffect on September 8, 2013 at 1:55 AM