James Lutz in BDN: Wind turbines kill eagles

Wind turbines kill eagles

If I killed a bald or golden eagle, both of which are considered “protected,” I would be subject to fines of up to $100,000 and jail time of 10 or more years. Yet, the misguided White House has given wind farms a 30-year window to kill them without penalty. “This is not a program to kill eagles,” John Anderson, the director of siting policy at the American Wind Energy Association, said after that announcement in 2013. “This permit program is about conservation.”

How exactly is this conservation? When we are willing to sacrifice our environment and wildlife for something that doesn’t work and a Pollyanna belief that wind turbines are going to solve a problem that does not exist, something is wrong.

This industry is built on fear and lies for a few elite people to make enormous amounts of money on the backs of taxpayers and ratepayers. Besides spoiling our mountain tops and viewshed, they are doing serious damage to the wildlife we have waited for years to come back.

I finally had four pairs of bald eagles return to my small lake over the last 10 years, and in the last three years I am down to two. There are 27 wind turbines that were built on the ridge that adjoins my lake. I think this is an outrage, and the only hope is that the first 100 days of the new administration will be solved with a “pen and a phone.”

James J. Lutz

Bangor

http://bangordailynews.com/2016/12/22/opinion/letters/friday-dec-23...

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Comment by Eskutassis on December 25, 2016 at 11:10am

Yes, the green loons on the comment page of the BDN are telling me that there is no proof that the two pairs of Eagles that no longer appear at my lake are because of the wind turbines within a half mile of the turbines. I just find it coincidental and tragic after waiting from 1949 to the late 80's to see them back in their natural environment. Quite a number of times I lost fish I caught and laid on the ice to Eagles that swooped down majestically and stole them from me. That is nature up close and real. I was happy to share.

Comment by Jim Wiegand on December 24, 2016 at 7:52pm

By Greg Walcher ...............                                                                                                                    "The Fish and Wildlife Service just issued a new rule which Mr. Ashe says will build on the success of eagle conservation — by authorizing thousands of eagles to be killed.

That irony almost reminds me of an old joke among Marines, who used to boast that a Marine Corps career provided the opportunity to travel the world, meet lots of new, different, exotic, and fascinating people — and kill them."                                                                               http://www.gjsentinel.com/opinion/articles/green-greener-or-greenest

Comment by Jim Wiegand on December 24, 2016 at 3:37pm

The public needs to grasp this reality.........An industry that will cover up their slaughter to thousands of eagles and including our endangered species, will stop at nothing for profits.

Comment by Penny Gray on December 24, 2016 at 1:03pm

Hard to believe that many people still believe cats and windows kill more raptors than wind turbines.  But if they don't read it in the media, how would they know what was going on?  Aren't they the least little bit suspicious that an industry that swore it wasn't killing migratory birds and bats or threatening raptors suddenly demands, and receives, a 30 year kill permit to ensure certainty for expanded wind development?  Do they really think a 30 year kill permit is all about protecting our winged populations and their habitat?  Critical thinking really needs to be taught to young children.

Comment by Jim Wiegand on December 24, 2016 at 11:47am

Thank you for sharing, there are stories like this from around EVERY wind farm that is constructed in eagle habitat.

This is also  exactly why our corrupt president Obama passed the new eagle killing rule. The wind industry's eagle slaughtering cover-up has been exposed.  Since 1997 this industry has killed thousands upon thousands of eagles. All illegally I might add.  But in this "Animal Farm" society rules are used primarily to put down the masses.                                                                                                                    

My estimation from my investigation into the wind industry,  is that over 20,000 of the 33,000 plus eagles, received by the Denver eagle repository, have been from wind turbine blade strikes.  But the eagle slaughter is just the tip of the iceberg when looking at this industry. My next report or blog on my ongoing investigation into this industry,  will expose much more

As far as I am concerned, GREEN Gestapo energy and all its supporters belong in hell.

Comment by arthur qwenk on December 24, 2016 at 10:34am

Thank you Mr.Lutz for your accurate factual information. 
The wind politicians (and that is a load of them who are on the take in Augusta), are ruining Maine's soul. Angus King (Record Hill Wind ),Stacie Fitts (Novatus energy ,several wind projects in Maine), past Chair Maine Energy Utility Tec. Commission,Baldacci( Iberdrola and Avangrid,vice chair),Kurt Adams , First Wind (now bankrupt), and on and on.
Maine is a corrupt state that is into destroying its environment and economy for the federally subsidized money grab that entered its border after the passage of Expedited Wind Law under Baldacci in 2008.
Splat the eagles, destroy the mountains, lower land values and tourist trade ,impact the health of adjacent rural residents for out of state "greeen scam" credits. Increase Mainers electrical costs . 
WAKE UP MAINE!
Hello President TRUMP! (he hates this scam, and will act....)
To the Wind politicians and wind scammers of Maine's Wind Mafia, the game is up!

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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