Obama administration gives wind farms  a pass on eagle deaths, prosecutes oil companies

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    A wind farm in Colorado is shown here. (AP  Photo)

The Obama  administration has never fined or prosecuted a wind farm for killing eagles and  other protected bird species, shielding the industry from liability and helping  keep the scope of the deaths secret, an Associated Press investigation has  found.

More than 573,000 birds are killed by the country's wind farms each year,  including 83,000 hunting birds such as hawks, falcons and eagles, according to  an estimate published in March in the peer-reviewed Wildlife Society  Bulletin.

Each death is federal crime, a charge that the Obama administration has used  to prosecute oil companies when birds drown in their waste pits, and power  companies when birds are electrocuted by their power lines. No wind energy  company has been prosecuted, even those that repeatedly flout the law.

Wind power, a pollution-free energy intended to ease global warming, is a  cornerstone of President Barack Obama's energy plan. His administration has  championed a $1 billion-a-year tax break to the industry that has nearly doubled  the amount of wind power in his first term.

The large death toll at wind farms shows how the renewable energy rush comes  with its own environmental consequences, trade-offs the Obama administration is  willing to make in the name of cleaner energy.

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Comment by Martha thacker on May 16, 2013 at 7:18am

And even the darling of the obama administration, First Wind , states in their SEC report under risk factors that there could be possible lawsuits for siting wind farms in migratory paths of birds . I have posted the link before.

Why hasn't Cape Wind/First Wind been thrown under the bus since costs for building and costs to rate payers have tripled? Darlings aren't prosecuted.

""Transmission [availability] was a big concern back then," he recalls. "However, since then, there http://www.nawindpower.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content...have been enough transmission lines built to carry the equivalent 60,000 MW of renewable energy."

Not in Maine. Now in First Wind's SEC report, lack of transmission lines for Maine wind farms is stated as a plus. Maybe because it is just another excuse to raise rates? Or MPUC just could not pull off the heist? Wind farms using power not producing it..ruining our mountains , environment , health etc. for a few fat cats.

Comment by Rick Conrad on May 14, 2013 at 8:37pm

   Career government servants lean in whatever direction the political winds are blowing.   USFWS agents are not going to oppose the will of their bosses, if they do their careers will suffer.  Change of direction must come from above. This means the public must demand energy policy that does not conflict with environmental policy.    

Comment by Penny Melko on May 14, 2013 at 3:53pm

Hello, my friends,

I'm so angry I can't see straight. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-killing-condors-20130511,0,...

California condors are sited all the time near where I live, near 9000, yes, nine thousand unshielded wind turbines threaten their survival. A recent citing was documented:


The scientists who brought the condors back can't be reached because they all have cushy executive positions at wildlife refuge non profits and spend their time speaking and traveling around the world. I've called them myself for help and not a single one of them responded. They're pieces of crap too. It's high time to stop all the bird and bat deaths. I'm starting with Fish and Wildlife services who are absolutely useless men and women without backbones. 


Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power


Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

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


(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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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."


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