Wind Turbines Blamed for Mass Slaughter of Protected Golden Eagles


(SFGate)

Over 60 eagles a year are killed by the wind turbines.
UPI reported, via Free Republic:

Wind power turbines have been blamed for the deaths of scores of protected golden eagles in California’s Bay Area, wildlife experts say.

The death count of more than 60 birds a year during the last three decades worries field biologists because the turbines in the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area — which have been providing thousands of homes with emissions-free electricity since the 1980s — are situated in a region of rolling grasslands and canyons containing one of the highest densities of nesting golden eagles in the United States, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.

“It would take 167 pairs of local nesting golden eagles to produce enough young to compensate for their mortality rate related to wind energy production,” biologist Doug Bell, manager of the East Bay Regional Park District’s wildlife program, said. “We only have 60 pairs.”

The Fish and Wildlife Service says about 440,000 birds are killed at wind farms across the country each year.

So far, no wind energy company has been prosecuted by federal wildlife authorities in the death of protected birds.

Related… A new analysis of wind energy supplied to the UK National Grid in recent years has shown that wind farms produce significantly less electricity than had been thought, and that they cause more problems for the Grid than had been believed.

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  • eaglewingz08

    The energy companies shouldn’t be sued for the deaths, the Sierra Club, the NRDC, and other environmental groups as well as the liberal democraps in the Cali Legislature should be the ones to be sued for their radical environazi policies that mandated these guillotines of wildlife be built.

  • archtop

    “Clean” energy…Unintended consequences…

  • bobdog

    I drove down to St. Louis last week and I was appalled at the number of wind mills along I-55 north of Pontiac. There must be 500 of these bird threshers, and it looks like something from Logan’s Run. You would have to see it to understand what I’m talking about, but the sight of it is absolutely creepy.

    I have to wonder if the power (and money) they generate is worth the visual blight that comes with them. Libtards might think they look like progress, but it seems to me that all of these things combined, spread over central Illinois, could be replaced by one single power plant.

    But we can’t have that. Not environmentally friendly, even with the EPA’s multi-billion dollar regulations. Gotta kill that evil stone-age technology.

    Somebody’s getting rich off these things, and it smells like pork to me.

  • FloridaNative

    The liberals will just overlook this needless deaths, but in our area have delayed the construction of many malls and homes over the location of one eagles’s nest. The mainstream media will never show this. Wind is a very ineffecient way to get energy anyway and a fossil fuel plant must be warmed up on standby anyway.

  • Roare

    What a dilemma for environuts: ‘clean’ energy to combat fictional ‘global warming/change’ or protection of an endangered species.

  • archtop

    #2 June 15, 2011 at 7:41 am
    bobdog commented:

    Regarding windmill blight…

    My prediction is that the windmills will begin to fail in a few years, some will stop working and begin to fall apart, people will spray paint graffiti all over them, and then they’ll come back to the tax payers to fix the mess. All the while, we will be getting little energy from them as they sit idle, with rotting bird carcasses beneath.

    Welcome to your “clean” energy future!

  • CommieJuice

    Protected Golden Eagles

    Soylent Green (Mmm, mmm, mmm) coming to a town near you!

  • Cracker Mike

    Libs don’t care if THEY slaughter eagles, that’s only bad if those mean old “rednecks” do it. Libs CARE!!!!!!!!. Ergo, they can do whatever the hell they want with complete impunity.

  • Spider

    Fossil fuels for current and near term energy requirements.

    Nuclear energy for the future. ‘Civilization’ will not survive without it.

  • bigkahuna

    The irony is so thick you can cut it with a knife. I agree we should sue the sierra club and the other environmental groups. Shut them down, force them to pay millions in fines. Bankrupt these idiots.

    We also need to take control of congress and whitehouse and immediately overturn the obtrussive and abusive EPA regulations and get 10-20 new power plants built( or existing ones expanded), oil refineries built, red tape reuced, EPA cut in half, Education department cut 75% and welfare cut 50% and people told to get off their a$$

    We need new bumber stickers. Sierra Club…clubs Eagles!, Enviroweenies…killing more eagles and others birds than all coal powered plants combined.

    Wind Power: It kills eagles and still requires coal plants too!

    Liberals: Dumber than Dirt !

  • onbe

    windmill blight…noisy too.

  • Chris in N.Va.

    Just one more case where the enviro-wacko-statist-Libs are “winging it” when it comes to the plethora of “unintended (e.g., UNthought-through) consequences” of the typical we-must-do-SOMETHING-so-that-I/we-can-FEEL-GOOD polices of the Left, which have left a trail of human and, now, animal wreckage in their paths.

    Loved the Soylent Green reference.

    Regarding the latest victims — tastes just like chicken!!

  • Nick

    This is part of the plan. Soon they will re-name the windmills. They will be know as “Feather Processing Units”. They will applaud the Obama Administrations Job creation as they will hire three people per bird to help process the eagle feathers. We will all be required to have one head dress per family to honor the Native Americans. The Carnahans will be appointed as Eagle Feather distributions Czar and rainbows and lolipops will once again reign supreme!

  • moron

    Apply the same principles applied to drilling in the Gulf, no new permits. Plus shut the current ones down and appoint a special commission, and a new czar.

  • kbass

    So we have these protected Eagles getting killed and its okay, but they want to shut down oil wells in Texas because of some lizard they want to put on the protected list. How fricking stupid are these people.

  • There was no way that those windmills could make back in producing electricity what it cost to manufacture, transport and install them. Not only do they use tons and tons of metal, they require special trucks to haul them, which also had to be built and enormous quanities of oil consumed at every stage of the process.

    They are eyesores and will probably sit there for generations because it’ll cost too much to take ’em down. If they were copper, the thieves would be taking them apart the moment they were set up or waylaying them enroute to install.

    That’s an excellent point though, the agenda of the Left is being exposed by their silence. If it was an industry they wanted to shut, the first eagle killed would have thrown the entire windfarm sector into lockdown. Nope, they use lizards and smelts to paralyze major and efficient producers.

    At 440,000 more eagles and other birds are being destroyed by windfarms each year than DDT ever did.

  • avery

    Oils Well wouldn”t hurt those Lizard.

  • John

    West Texas actually has the most wind farms in the nation, as well as the largest amount of oil drilling activity. Haven’t heard about any of the environmental activists getting worked up over the gianormous wind farm around Sweetwater yet, but if the ones to the southwest along Interstate 10 start hacking up Sandhill Cranes this winter, I’m sure the enviros will note that the owner of the wind farm is Obama’s favorite oil company, British Petroleum.

  • John Q. Libtard

    No one ever said saving the Earth was going to be easy.

  • Pat the First

    We have a lot of wind farms around where I live. Most of them are on actual farms. Don’t think I have ever heard of this happening, though. But farms actually kill birds, animals, etc., just in the operation of farming.

  • Marsh626
  • Bailey

    kbass commented:
    So we have these protected Eagles getting killed and its okay, but they want to shut down oil wells in Texas because of some lizard they want to put on the protected list. How fricking stupid are these people.

    I agre. I was just about to make the same comment.

  • vamoose

    Any source of commercially viable energy will eventually be opposed by environmentalists. That day has come for wind power.

  • KOW

    Someone needs to take these Turbine companies to court, everyone involved. The Electric company, makers, installers, if they got money from the Government, take the Government to court also.

  • saveus

    where is the sierra club and the other so callled enviornmental groups/
    who is saving the eagles?
    maybe a new group is needed

  • Magnum

    Liberal thought process: “…but it sounded good on paper!”

    They never think things through. They can’t use common sense. They don’t understand consequences.

  • czekmark

    Of course, we all know that every liberal idea eventually turns to sh*t. It’s going to be interesting to see how the liberals rationalize the so-called green energy of wind power (which incidently can never be more that a few percent of our total needs) against the killing of protected species.

  • chuck in st paul

    Libtards just can’t help shooting themselves in both feet. Once again The Law of Unintended Consequences rears up and bites them on the ass.

  • chuck in st paul

    @3 Bobdog, in England they’re known as subsidy farms (for a very good reason). It’s the same story here. These stupid things are a total scam. Their output is, at best, two thirds of the advertised output. Their maximum available power output comes at a time grids don’t need it and vice versa. You have to maintain spinning conventional power to bring on line instantly when the wind fails (and it does). The total cost of pollution from creation to parting out is higher than a natural gas unit of similar output. Their watt-hour per acre numbers are several orders of magnitude greater than a convention power plant.

    All in all, these things are a complete scam.

  • theBuckWheat

    “…because the turbines in the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area — which have been providing thousands of homes with emissions-free electricity since the 1980s …”

    I guess “emissions” don’t include an ongoing toll of dead wildlife.

    The French economist Bastiat wrote about 150 years ago that economics must account for both what is seen and what is not seen. Neither the environmentalist nor the government official really care about the down-stream damage from wind power because to them it is not nearly as seen as being “emissions-free”. However, the businessman who has to pay a hefty fine for every eagle his power plant is held responsible for killing will pay close attention to such losses.

    When economics finally catches up to the full cost of wind power, it will be very costly indeed. And not a single environmentalist or government official will be required to repair the economic damage. No, the usual people will have to pay: the taxpayers, those who will be made tax serfs to pay the interest on the money borrowed from China to buy Chinese wind turbines, and the utility’s customers, whose electric bill will be doubled because of the backup gas turbines that wind power requires.

    So, the left (er, “progressives”) who love to scold the rest of us about “sustainability”, have yet another premier project that is now shown to be unsustainable for two reasons: its toll on wildlife cannot be sustained and it is economically the costliest power a utility can be forced to buy.

  • Valerie

    The enviros get these kind of results all the time, because they refuse to take advice from anybody who has a relevant technical background: engineering, chemistry, or math, for example. The only biologists they will accept are descriptive biologists, that is, confirmed-non-math majors.

    That’s one reason why we are replacing our cheap, reliable incandescent light bulbs with the expensive curly bulbs that contain mercury and require special disposal, and why dish and laundry soap is being re-formulated to contain organic acids instead of phosphates.

  • tellico1

    Dang Liberals are killing our Eagles

  • FGT

    Wind farms might kill a few dumb birds but we must stay focused on their real intended purpose…..killing capitalism!

  • Sparky

    Golden Eagles, and humans for that matter are nothing but collateral damage in the rabid Left’s quest for environmental nirvana!

  • AuntieMadder

    I feel bad for the eagles that ended up in those damned things but still, this is funny.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Everything has a tradeoff.

    Sometimes it’s small, sometimes it’s large.

  • John

    The answer seems very simple to me. If the federal government can shut down an entire irrigation system for CA’s central valley, destroying crop fields and jobs because of a 2″ smelt we should certainly be able to shut down these turbines that are killing the golden eagles! Where are the environmentalists? Has anyone seem PETA?

    Guess maybe they don’t know yet.

  • eaglewingz08

    The liberals said that Alaskan Oil exploration would devastate the caribou and other native animal populations, but the reverse has proven true, it has been a boom to the native creatures. Same with Texas, the oil wells will probably result in an increase in the native population of these odious creatures.

  • averagemelon

    The environmentalists are Communists. They intend to destroy our nation any way they can. They have no interest in the environment OR YOU unless you agree to become their slaves.

  • Is a bird that’s too dumb to avoid a windmill a bird we need to be concerned with?

    How many birds are killed by cars and trucks every year? Maybe cars and trucks need to be outlawed??

    And then there’s this, bird strikes on airplanes..

    After all is said and done, man has invaded the birds domain, the sky, outlaw man, airplanes, cars, trucks, ALL of it…

    Damn the birds anyway…

  • tommy mc donnell

    wind farms, the edsel of the engery industry.

  • tommy mc donnell

    that should be energy industry in #41.