The wind industry getting away with murder, literally, again.
LIKE "FISH AND GAME " IN MAINE WERE TOLD WHAT TO DO BY THE BALDACCI ADMINISTRATION HORRENDOUS " EXPEDITED WIND LAW" ,THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE IS BEING TOLD WHAT TO DO BY THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION .
IT IS A SHAME !
The Fish and Wildlife Service Is Not for the Birds
The federal government plans to allow wind turbines to kill bald eagles for 30 years.
On June 20, 1782, the Continental Congress, after nearly six years of haggling and numerous design changes, finally approved the Great Seal of the United States. In doing so, it made the bald eagle our national symbol. This year, in the name of clean energy, the Fish and Wildlife Service is considering changing federal rules so that a wind-energy developer can be granted an "incidental-take" permit allowing wind projects to kill bald eagles and golden eagles for up to 30 years.
On Jan. 15, the Fish and Wildlife Service determined that the New Era Wind Farm—a proposed project near Red Wing, Minn.—might kill as many as 14 bald eagles per year. Despite that toll, the agency said the developer of the 48-turbine wind farm could go ahead and apply for an eagle-kill permit. If granted, it could be the first project to get one. At least one other wind-energy concern, Oregon's West Butte Wind Project, also has applied for an incidental-take permit, and others are sure to follow.
The Fish and Wildlife Service said that its estimate for bald eagle kills at the New Era facility was a "worst-case scenario" that "would not damage" the local population of bald eagles. That might be true. Nevertheless, the possibility that federal authorities are willing to issue such a permit once again exposes the double standard at work when it comes to renewable energy.
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