Obama to extend eagle killing exemption from 5 to 30 years for wind developers.

I'm sure it's due to the Wyoming case where Duke Energy was held criminally (convicted) liable for killing eagles at a number of their wind farms. So, the President is going to ask Congress to pass a 30 year exemption for the developers so they can kill these poor animals without any recourse. I wonder if the developers in Maine have secured their permits to kill eagles - maybe we should call and ask the Audubon Society to comment.

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Comment by Mike DiCenso on December 6, 2013 at 11:02pm

Maybe Congress can work together to save the eagles ...they don't seem too interested in helping we the people.

Comment by Long Islander on December 6, 2013 at 2:06pm

Obama administration moves closer to allowing wind farms to kill eagles

BY ZACK COLMAN | DECEMBER 5, 2013 AT 4:33 PM 

The Obama administration moved a step closer Thursday toward approving a rule that would authorize 30-year permits enabling energy companies with wind farms to kill eagles without penalty.

The permits would cover what are known as eagle "takings," in which bird deaths are associated with an activity but are not the purpose of it. The Office of Management and Budget completed its review of the rule Thursday.

The Interior Department argued that the longer permit period "will provide a measure of certainty to project proponents and their funders...

Read the rest here:

http://washingtonexaminer.com/obama-administration-moves-closer-to-...

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on December 6, 2013 at 2:05pm

Here's a great comment about Maine Audubon that someone left in yesterday's Bangor Daily News:

If I were the wind industry in Maine, and a bunch of years ago I saw that the birders and environmentalists were going to give me a hard time as I tried to plaster the state with turbines, I’d build as best a plan as I could to subvert those organizations and thwart any real assault they might make against the wind industry.

Probably what I’d do (remember, I’m just putting myself in their shoes at the time) is get a bunch of my wind industry cronies and friends to join the group(s), and start to give money. Then with enough of us in the organization, we could make a move on the executive suite, the board and organization big wigs, including the treasurer, the development staff, and the legal staff. Along the way we give as much money as it takes to hold onto the organization and to exploit its do-gooder reputation and its power to attract private and public money, while keeping in mind this whole plan wouldn’t happen overnight.

At the point in which “we” had enough control over the board and the organization, this non-profit group simply becomes an arm of the for-profit wind industry, with any preservation of birds and wildlife just the cost of doing business. Scratch one opposition group, hello a support group with widespread support of the gullible and the innocent.

Next?...

Comment by Kathy Sherman on December 6, 2013 at 1:55pm
I think this has been in the works much longer, probably as long as wind energy realized that they could no longer say that it was just the old lattice towers and fast rotating rotors in California killing raptors. And regarding pest control, don't forget bats -- there was a very important court case on that here, and the EU and UK have such concerns about bats that they are even in the guidance for microturbines. And speaking of whales, lets talk about IFN from 6 MW off- and nearshore turbines e.g., Deepwater Block Is, the acreage Deepwater won the bid on off Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard under a misleading comment on the Environmental Impacts of Environmental Assessments required for development and permitting only. It is a travesty what we are doing in the name of energy "independence" so we can export our coal and oil to other countries.
Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on December 6, 2013 at 1:44pm

This is such an absolute outrage..

Comment by Sherwin Start on December 6, 2013 at 1:20pm

Man is Upsetting the BALANCE of NATURE Again just Like his KIlling of thousands of Species of Animals before such as the Honey Bee-As The Steward of this Planet I give The HUMAN RACE a -F  Grade So Far!!

Comment by Sherwin Start on December 6, 2013 at 1:10pm

NEver Minde Asking The Adubon Society of Maine-The Wind Power Developers Have ALREADY BOUGHT that Organization!!They NO LONger REALLY Care about ANY Avian Wildlife anymore!

Not Only Are The Wind Developers KILLING Birds and Getting Away with it-The U.S. Navy is Killing Thousands of Whales too And Getting Away with it With their 500 db Sonar Pings!!

What is Goinmg to Happen When all the Birds are KILLED and we are invaded by TRILLONS Of Insects that Will consume every Living Plant on this Earth-Does anyone see that PREDICTION In this Countrys Future-I Do!! Noise is Killing-Displaceing MANY Species of Wildlife too-Noise from these Wind Turbines Blades!!Does anyone in Washington/Augusta Care About That? What is going to Happen when ALL the Wildlife is literally Driven from this State?Does anyone  in AUGUSTA Care about that??

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/

 

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

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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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