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Wind Turbines Kill Birds

Posted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 7:04 am
by Kenny Wilder
The turbine peddlers represent green fraud
Message from a wildlife biologist

Credit: Jim Wiegand

There is growing worldwide opposition to the deadly propeller style wind turbine for good reason. There has been a corporate/government cover-up for over 25 years concerning the extreme danger they pose to birds and bats. For those that have not seen it, take a look at the YouTube video “fatal accident with vulture on a windmill”. A Griffon Vulture gets smashed out of the sky by the innocent looking blades of a propeller style wind turbine. The wind turbine in the video is spinning at just 12 rpm or about half speed. After seeing this you will understand what is coming to the local and migratory bird populations, all over the world.

In Canada, a recent study of bird and bat mortality at Wolfe Island’s 82-turbine wind farm found 600 birds and more than a thousand bats were killed by the windmill blades in a six-month period.

None of this should come as a surprise. Over the last 25 years in Altamont Pass, more than 2,000 golden eagles have been killed by the blades of the propeller-style wind turbine. The corrupt wind/oil industry (they are one in the same) paid experts to say it was just an aberration and that Altamont was unique. It is a lie.

The corrupt U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is part of this green fraud. They deliberately looked the other way while wind farms were built in the habitat of the condor and whooping crane. They chose not to prosecute many thousands of wind industry violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. They even helped write and pass the “No Surprises” clause into federal law, which gives this industry a free pass for killing endangered species. There is no difference between them and the corrupt MMS.

The most insidious impact from the use of propeller style wind turbines, is the slaughter of migratory Birds. The negative footprint from wind energy is far greater than the obvious. A perfect example is the Whooping Crane that travels 2500 miles only to be chopped up in the thousands of spinning blades along their migration route. The critically endangered Egyptian Vulture is another migratory victim of these turbines.

Paid off experts fraudulently cite collisions with power lines as being the primary reason. This same fraudulent excuse was given for missing Condors in California. Now the condor is regularly fed at feeding stations far away from the turbines to keep them alive.

Remember this . . . when the propeller style wind turbine is introduced into their habitats, it becomes the number one cause of death for rare and endangered bird species. Despite deflective statements from the wind industry, cats, cars, windows, buildings, etc. are not the problem. These mortality factors did not kill off the Red Kite populations that have disappeared from Germany and Italy. The prop wind turbines have killed them off.

At the current rate of wind farm development, dozens of bird species will soon face extinction from this diabolical source of energy. The truth is no bird or bat is safe around a propeller-style wind turbine, and the cumulative impacts are devastating.

Regardless of how many are built, energy from the inefficient propeller style wind turbine will NEVER even come close to solving North America’s energy needs. Communities need to be told this before they embrace these killers.

Communities also need to be told that the day is coming when far superior wind turbines, without the flawed deadly propeller design, will be implemented across the world. How long this will take depends on how long the bird/bat mortality lie is perpetuated the wind industry.

Below is factual information covered up by the wind industry and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for over 25 years. This came from a report put together by Ornithologists in Poland. The link for this report is on Poland ‘s Wind Energy web site. To my knowledge it is the only example of the true bird mortality impact ever made public by the wind Industry. ... _birds.htm

4. Development of wind projects is likely to cause:

a. Bird mortality caused by collisions with operating turbines and/or elements of auxiliary infrastructure, in particular overhead power lines;
b. Decrease in population due to loss and fragmentation of habitats caused by deterring effect of the wind turbines and/or development of communication and energy infrastructure related to operations of the wind turbines,
c. Disturbance to populations, in particular to short- and long-range bird migrations (the barrier effect).
5. Mortality caused by collisions and loss of habitats are key in terms of likely adverse effects on birds populations.

6. The extent of effects on bird population is diversified, depending mainly upon the location of the wind turbines – from almost no or negligible effects on life expectancy of bird population, to significant effects with significant loss of habitats and high mortality caused by collisions.

Most people are not aware that Europe has sustained large declines in both local and migratory bird populations over the last 20 years. These declines coincide with the installation of tens of thousands of propeller style wind turbines.

Re: Wind Turbines Kill Birds

Posted: Sun May 10, 2015 5:33 pm
by Kenny Wilder
Wind Turbines Kill Half a Million Birds a Year

Each year about 573,000 birds, including 83,000 eagles and other birds of prey, and 880,000 bats are killed by wind turbines, according to a study in the Wildlife Society Bulletin.

But an Obama administration measure allows wind energy companies to kill eagles, a protected bird, without prosecution.

The yearly kill figure is 30 percent higher than the federal government had estimated in 2009, due largely to the nation's increased wind power capacity in the last few years.

And it is likely an underestimate because the Bulletin's figure is based on data from 2012 when there were fewer wind turbines.

Since 2012, the United States has added more than 14,000 megawatts of additional wind capacity, bringing the total at the end of last year to 65,879 megawatts, the Institute for Energy Research reported.

The wind power companies have been encouraged by federal and state incentives such as the Production Tax Credit that provides firms with 2.3 cents per kilowatt hour of wind-generated power over the first 10 years of a facility's operation.

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which dumped 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, was estimated to have killed 800,000 birds. BP was fined $100 million for killing and harming migratory birds due to the spill, part of its $4.5 billion in fines and other payments to the government.

In comparison, America's wind turbines have killed about 2.9 million birds over the past five years, but only two utilities have been penalized.

Duke Energy paid a $1 million fine for killing 14 eagles and 149 other birds at two wind farms in Wyoming from 2009 to 2013, and PacifiCorp was fined $2.5 million for killing 38 golden eagles and 336 other protected birds since 2009 at its Wyoming wind projects. (Yet PacifiCorp, which also operates coal plants, had to pay more than four times as much — $10.5 million — for the electrocution of 232 eagles on substation power lines.)

Another form of green energy, solar power, also kills birds.

The Ivanpah solar power plant in California's Mojave Desert, built with the aid of a $1.6 billion loan guarantee from the Department of Energy, uses a massive array of mirrors to focus sunlight on 45-story power towers, boiling a liquid that turns turbines to produce electricity. Heat from the focused sunlight scorches birds in midair.

The facility killed an estimated 3,500 birds from 83 different species during its first year in operation.
To date, no solar facility has been fined for killing birds.

The death of an eagle or other protected birds is a violation of federal law, unless a company has a federal permit. The Obama administration in December 2013 finalized a regulation that allows wind energy companies and others to obtain 30-year permits to kill eagles without prosecution by the federal government.

The Institute for Energy Research concludes: "Despite bird and bat deaths at wind and solar farms, few have been fined for violating the law while oil and electric generating companies have paid heavily for such violations."