- Factoid #1: That's 30% more murders of avians than estimated in 2009 by the feds.
- Factoid #2: Worse yet, this is most likely an underestimate because these numbers are based on 2012 data when there were fewer wind turbines.
Q: Why so many murders of avians?
A: The construction of more wind power capacity across the nation.
That must make murdering all of those avians okay. After all, it's for the sake of generating more sustainable energy.
- In 2009, Exxon Mobil paid $600k in fines for murdering 85 avians in 5 states. Actually, those who fill up at Exxon Mobil stations paid those fines.
- In 2010, a Mother Jones Blog estimated about 800k avians died due to the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill. As a result, BP paid $100M in fines for murdering and harming migratory avians. Actually, those who fill up at BP stations paid those fines. But get this: Between 2009 and 2014, the nation's wind turbines murdered 300%+ as many avians than the BP oil spill did.
- The coal plant operator PacifiCorp paid more than $10.5M in fines for electrocuting 232 eagles that decided to land on the power lines at its substations. Actually, the people using the energy produced by PacifiCorp paid those fines.
- The first wind farms fines were imposed in November 2013 when Duke Energy--which uses coal to generate electricity--paid a $41M fine for murdering 14 eagles and 149 other avians at 2 wind farms in Wyoming between 2009 and 2013. Actually, those who consume Duke Energy power paid that fine.
So, those who worship at the altar of environmentalism and control the regulators at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are really sticking it to those consumers for purchasing products generated from oil and coal from those evil avian murderers.
However, it's a quite different story if you're a sustainable energy company and the Obama administration is sending federal $$$s your way in subsidies:
- The Ivanpah solar power plant, a 377 megawatt solar facility located in the Mojave Desert in California, is estimated to have murdered 83 different species of birds. But, as of today, not one solar facility has been fined.
- On December 9, 2013, the Obama Administration finalized a regulation allowing wind energy companies to obtain 30-year permits to kill eagles without prosecution by the federal government. Poor Duke Energy!
Yes, indeed, when those who worship at the altar of environmentalism are on your side, the Obama admistration's EPA will license you to murder avians, no questions asked.
Let the discussion begin...
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