Bird Killings and the Hypocrisy of Green

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The Bird Killing Wind Turbines - When Are The Wind Turbine Industries Getting Fined?

This is an older article from 2009, but I still love it because it cuts to point of how hypocritical the ‘green’ industry has become. ExxonMobile and the utility company, PacifiCorp, have paid over a million dollars combined for their violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The windmill industry, well, they have paid zero dollars for their slaughter of birds. And I thought ‘green’ was supposed to be clean. Anyway, I have never read the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, but for some reason, I do not think wind turbines are exempt, especially since it was inacted in 1918.

 Kara

From the WSJ: -Windmills Are Killing Our Birds

One standard for oil companies, another for green energy sources

by Robert Bryce

On Aug. 13, ExxonMobil pleaded guilty in federal court to killing 85 birds
that had come into contact with crude oil or other pollutants in uncovered tanks
or waste-water facilities on its properties. The birds were protected by the
Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which dates back to 1918. The company agreed to pay
$600,000 in fines and fees.

ExxonMobil is hardly alone in running afoul of this law. Over the past two
decades, federal officials have brought hundreds of similar cases against energy
companies. In July, for example, the Oregon-based electric utility PacifiCorp
paid $1.4 million in fines and restitution for killing 232 eagles in Wyoming
over the past two years. The birds were electrocuted by poorly-designed power
lines.

Yet there is one group of energy producers that are not being prosecuted for
killing birds: wind-power companies. And wind-powered turbines are killing a
vast number of birds every year.

A July 2008 study of the wind farm at Altamont Pass, Calif., estimated that
its turbines kill an average of 80 golden eagles per year. The study, funded by
the Alameda County Community Development Agency, also estimated that about
10,000 birds—nearly all protected by the migratory bird act—are being whacked
every year at Altamont.

Altamont’s turbines, located about 30 miles east of Oakland, Calif., kill
more than 100 times as many birds as Exxon’s tanks, and they do so every year.
But the Altamont Pass wind farm does not face the same threat of prosecution,
even though the bird kills at Altamont have been repeatedly documented by
biologists since the mid-1990s…Read more here: WSJ-it\’s the turbines, not Exxon killing the birds en masse

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