An article in FoxNews reports that the wildly popular Journal of Raptor Research has published a study indicating that, at a minimum, wind farms in 10 states have killed at least 85 eagles since 1997. 79 of the deaths were golden eagles that struck wind turbines (called a death caused by "blunt force trauma"). One eagle was electrocuted by a power line. 67 of the deaths (78.8%) occurred between 2008 and 2012, as the wind farm industry was ramping up in response to President Obama's "green" energy policies to end global warming.
The study also states that the number of deaths is substantially underestimated.
Reports are made voluntarily by wind-energy companies and only a fraction of those deaths included in the total were discovered during searches for dead birds.The deadliest place in the nation for eagles, a cluster of wind farms in a northern California area known as Altamont Pass, was excluded from the study. Those wind farms kill more than 60 eagles each year. Moreover, 17 eagle deaths for which there was not enough evidence were excluded from the study. Then, too, a footnote in the article states that more golden and bald eagles have since been killed at wind energy facilities in three states: Idaho, Montana, and Nevada.
This study presents an ethical dilemma to those who believe in the religion of environmentalism. Which is more important: Their love of eagles (some of which are a protected species) or energy derived from wind?
Perhaps an incantation and some incense offered up to Mother Gaia at the altar of environmentalism will assist in resolving the ethical dilemma.
The Motley Monk has a better resolution in mind, one that's based on proven science: It's called "Keystone Pipeline."
Let the discussion begin...
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