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