How much worse than acknowledged are the bird and bat kills by wind turbines?
By Robert Bradley Jr. -- June 14, 2021
“Which source of mortality kills more or less birds is somewhat irrelevant…. the threat posed by wind turbines grows with each facility constructed in a high-risk area for birds.”
– Joel Merriman, American Bird Conservancy
The “avian mortality problem” has long been an issue for industrial wind turbines, as chronicled over the years at MasterResource. Even fossil fuel critics, such as Paul Gipe (and Christopher Flavin) in Wind Energy Comes of Age (1995), have lamented the by-products of industrial wind. And who can forget the characterization used by the Los Angeles head of the Sierra Club in a 1989 hearing? “Cuisinarts of the Air’.
The problem persists. At the anti-wind site, Stop These Things, one author wrote this week: “Cars, cats and skyscrapers don’t kill Eagles – like the critically endangered Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle, but 60m wind turbine blades with their tips travelling at 350Kph routinely smash them out of existence.”
Bird hobbyists and lobbyists have to be kind to the overall mission of renewable energy to address climate change, but their reservations against wind are real and enduring. The latest example is a March 2021 piece by Joel Merriman, Bird-Smart Wind Energy Campaign Director at the American Bird Conservancy. This excerpt is from Are Wind Turbines a Significant Threat to Birds?....................
...................... With the continued growth in wind turbines, bird and wildlife lovers will find themselves increasingly at odds with their Big Brothers in Washington, DC. Real environmentalism is being sacrificed at the alter of climate exaggeration and alarm.
No amount of US wind capacity can match the weekly increase in global coal plants. And with solar arrays joining windpower in the ‘machine in every pristine,’ grassroot environmentalists are speaking up. Expect a growing civil war in the environmental movement as the Biden Administration tries to rescue wind and solar from the vicissitudes of the market.
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June 16, 2021 (Augusta, Maine) - Today, the Maine State Legislature voted to pass LD 1659, An Act to Create the Maine Clean Energy and Sustainability... (final vote for enactment to be held tonight). The bill, sponsored by Representative Stanley Paige Zeigler with bipartisan cosponsors, received support from numerous groups including Sierra Club Maine, Coastal Enterprises, Inc., Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce, 350 Maine, the Governor’s Office of Policy, Innovation and the Future, Maine Youth for Climate Justice, Maine Real Estate and Development Association, the Environmental Priorities Coalition, and an array of municipalities, non-profits, and businesses. The bill, which takes an exciting step toward financing an array of climate solutions identified in the state’s climate action plan, will head to Governor Mills for her signature (after tonight’s final vote to enact).
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