By Jim Wiegand -- August 31, 2015
“Wind projects are the number one source of golden eagle fatalities, mortally wounded eagles, and eagle carcasses found in the regions of wind farms. It is very telling that Mr. Anderson would compare this regional slaughter to every other source of human-related eagle mortality on a planet occupied by 7 billion people.”
In the weekend Wall Street Journal, John Anderson of the American Wind Energy Association wrote a deceitful rebuttal to Robert Bryce’s August 19th opinion-page editorial, “Obama’s Wind-Energy Lobby Gets Blown Away: California Judge Rules i....”
“Chalk one up for the bald eagle,” Bryce began. “The avian symbol of American freedom has beaten the Obama administration and the wind industry in court, though the majestic birds still don’t stand a chance when flying near the subsidy-fueled blades of green-energy production.”
The court victory concerned an August 11th ruling in the Northern District of California by an Obama appointee who struck down a proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to permit the wind power industry to legally kill bald eagles and golden eagles for as long as 30 years.
In response, AWEA’s Anderson argued:
“No industry takes wildlife impacts more seriously than the wind industry. “
Yes, AWEA and the wind industry take wildlife mortality seriously. That is why they hide most of their slaughter with research designed NOT to find carcasses. Slaughtering rare and endangered species, bad for any business, is an industry-killer for wind power because of legal liability and public attitudes toward a taxpayer-enabled industry.
History has shown the wind industry’s longstanding history of slaughtering protected wildlife, including eagles and endangered species. An objective scientific look at wind industry research discloses a legacy of masking most of their turbine-related slaughter with non-scientific studies.
Anderson goes on to state:
“But eagle fatalities from wind-power generation are relatively uncommon. Golden eagles losses at modern wind facilities represent less than 3% of all reported sources of human-caused fatalities, and only a few bald eagles have been lost in collisions in the history of the industry.”
The undisclosed truth is that golden eagle fatalities from wind-power generation are, in fact, common and can be expected whenever wind turbines are placed in their habitat. Only when the regional populations have been decimated or killed off by turbines, then eagle mortality can become what John Anderson calls “relatively uncommon.”
Wind projects are the number one source of golden eagle fatalities, mortally wounded eagles, and eagle carcasses found in the regions of wind farms. It is very telling that Mr. Anderson would compare this regional slaughter to every other source of human related eagle mortality on a planet occupied by 7 billion people. It is also very telling that this 3% figure was derived from the industry’s own research designed to hide most of turbine mortality.
The wind industry can make such bold deceptive statements because the Fish & Wildlife Service’s (Interior Department) voluntary regulations for the wind industry conveniently require no honesty. As a result, wind-industry spokesmen can sing all they want from a fraudulent platform.
This industry does not have to and has not disclosed most of their turbine related eagle carcasses. That is exactly why the public knows nothing about the 31,000 bald eagle and golden carcasses shipped to the Denver repository since 1997. If the source of this hidden eagle carcass total were ever released, the public would be horrified at the magnitude of wind industry’s illegal bald eagle and golden eagle slaughter that’s been taking place for decades without permits.
With accountability and scientific scrutiny, some wind farms (besides Altamont) would be required to get kill permits for 30–100 eagles a year. Without accountability, kill permits are not needed; the few kill permits that have been issued by the FWS amount to nothing but a puppet show for the masses.
Beware when it comes to the American Wind Energy Association saying just about anything relating to avian mortality. There is a lot of fire under the smoke of what is a Sierra Club official once called “the Cuisinarts of the Air.” https://www.masterresource.org/american-wind-energy-association/awe...