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  • The Deadly Wind Beneath Their Wings

    Can an environmentalist morally argue for overpriced, taxpayer-funded green energy technology if it means killing off a protected species? That’s what is happening now in California, where the state’s Golden Eagles are dying off by 67 each year from colliding with the blades of wind turbines.

    As government demands for more turbines and green wind energy technology increase, many fear that Golden Eagles may soon be at risk for extinction.

    According to the Institute for Energy Research, wind turbines provide only ½ of 1% of America’s energy. Additionally, green energy technology like wind turbines typically cost more. In fact, the Department of Energy’s budget has increased by 76% in the past 10 years – in part to accommodate a huge increase in green energy methods.

    In a recent paper by Heritage’s Nick Loris, he notes that the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) funds research and development of what the government deems “clean energy technologies” – including wind energy. But the office is a multi-million dollar expense we can’t afford. As Loris writes, “The private sector is much better at allocating resources and developing energy technologies than government-directed initiatives.”

    And it’s not just the expense that is cause for concern. Citizens living near turbines often dislike the noise and the look of the huge contraptions. Even supporters of the green energy found in wind turbines aren’t pleased with the view they provide. In 2006, late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) attempted to kill a wind farm project being built near his family’s Cape Cod home.

    The bird killing is not just in a secluded section of California either. Similar phenomena are happening nationwide where wind turbines exist.

    Nearly 444,000 birds are reportedly killed at wind farms around the country each year – including more protected animals like the California Candor, whose species has been valued at millions of dollars to protect.

    While the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has requested that the turbines be turned off during times of heavy bird migration, that solution isn’t likely to solve the problem as more and more wind turbines turn up around the country.

    The government continues to fund wind turbine building through tax subsidies and state government mandates but the financial cost and wildlife sacrifice needs a re-evaluation — before our money and a few species are gone.

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    9 Responses to The Deadly Wind Beneath Their Wings

    1. Lloyd Scallan (New O says:

      Ericka, wake up and recognize why Obama's administration is pushing so hard for "wind power". Ask the question, what company make the turbines? General Electric (GE), Obama biggest supporter (aside from unions). Despite the rhetoric about "environmentally friendly", this Obama's bunch cares only when a 3 inch lizard or a minnow fish can shut down capitalism and production. But when hundreds of thousands of birds, including the majestic golden eagle, are killed, they feel that's the price of progress, when in actuality, the only thing they are concerned about is political pay-back.

    2. Wayne Harper, Spirit says:

      I recently read in an email "If you put the feeral government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there'd be a shortage of sand". Are these wind farms the governments way of creating modern Dinosaurs?????

    3. Chuck Anziulewicz says:

      The Heritage Foundation worried about endangering a species? Wow, I do believe Hell must have frozen over!!!

    4. West Texan says:

      You've provided my second choice for my dream list of cabinet positions under a conservative presidency. I've already mentioned Allen West for defense. How about Sarah Palin for energy secretary. She'd protect the Golden Eagle as well.

    5. Lynn B. DeSpain, Kei says:

      The same type of people complained about Hydro Electric Dams, and sought out their removal. These same human hating individuals loved the Spotted Owl, and removed and entire industry of logging.

      Dams not only generate a continuos supply of power, but store water for human consumption, and for agriculture farming.

      This same type of thinking sought to save the Sea Lions, and killed the Commerical fishing Industry on the Entire West Coast of America. Now the Sea Lions swim up the Columbia River and feed on the Salmon as they swim up the fish ladders. These Sea Lions, that once feared man, now sit on docks and bite children, and one day will kill a child, or a man.

      Wind Turbines were built to replace the Dams.

      I guess these people can live on rocks and air, but the rest of us cannot.

    6. Spiritof76, NH says:

      Why can't a conservative organization file a class action suit against the wind turbines? We must stop the madness. I believe America is being powered by the stupid people.

    7. Gail, Beverly, MA says:

      Another example of the hypocrisy of this administraton. Where is the EPA in this matter? We can shut off water to the San Fernando Valley where millions of acres of farmland produces food in order to save a lizard that most people never even knew existed, but who cares about a beautiful golden eagle that may become extinct because of these ridiculous windmills? We have billions of gallons of oil in this country that would begin to make us independent of foreign oil, but Obama and his czars refuse to allow drilling. It's time to wake up and realize this man needs to become a one-term president just like Jimmy Carter. We cannot withstand another term of his failed policies.

    8. Robertg says:

      I think that the pro wind environmentalist and the pro bird environmentalist should fight it out to the death in a giant domed shaped iron cage.

    9. Richard_FL says:

      Much akin to the ban on DDT that has had a massive negative impact on the lives of millions and cost the lives of millions as well. From unsubstantiated science the ban was placed and the results are continuing history of pure genicide created by the so called environmentalists.

      Will be interesting to see how this plays out and who are "true to their cause". Seems that in this case with Obama in charge that they will lose out to the fact that this is political/science at its worst.

      Gee, I never thought I would have to relive the 60s and 70s, but boy is it here in full force. The hippies still are alive and well and ruining our lives.

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