Greens Vs. The Environment

I love raptors and photograph them every day – like this Ferruginous Hawk I saw this morning.

And this Kestrel I saw yesterday.

It is illegal to shoot Golden Eagles, but if you kill thousands of them in the name of green energy, you are a green hero and get big tax breaks and subsidies from the government. The US Park Service says that there are twenty thousand Golden Eagles in the western US

The most recent survey of Golden Eagles  across four large Bird Conservation  Regions (BCRs) in the West (80 percent  of the species’ range in the lower 48  states is in these BCRs) provided an  estimate of 20,722 Golden Eagles of all  ages across the survey area.

The Altamont Pass wind farm kills one Golden Eagle every three days, which means they have killed more than 10% of the current population.

Dr. Shawn Smallwood’s 2004 study, spanning four years, estimated that California’s Altamont Pass wind “farm” killed an average of 116 Golden Eagles annually (2). This adds up to 2,900 dead “goldies” since it was built 25 years ago.

US windfarms kill 10-20 times more than previously thought | Save the Eagles International

Greens want to put these impenetrable death traps up all over the country. Birds have essentially no chance of flying through a wind farm safely.

Turbine blades are as long as a football field, and travel more than 100 miles per hour. They create low pressure in their wake, which sucks flying creatures in and then decapitates them, similar to what ISIS terrorists do.


By Miriam Raftery

January 6, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – San Diego County’s 48 pairs of nesting golden eagles and even rarer bald eagles could be in peril if proposed industrial-scale wind farms are built.  In a press release issued today,  Save the Eagles International (STEI) issued a dire warning, providing detailed documentation proving  that golden eagles and their nests are disappearing rapidly near wind farms across the U.S.

The group also blasted the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for changing its mission from protecting wildlife to “catering to the interests of an industry” that is a “ruinous one to boot.”

Although the studies focused on golden eagles, if no major action is taken, wind turbines’ razor-sharp blades will also threaten the existence of other species, STEI predicts.

The international group “solemnly warns the Western States that the biologically-blind policies will cause the extinction of the Golden Eagle, the California Condor, and other species of raptors.” Also at risk are species in Eastern and Central states, such as the Whooping Crane.


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9 Responses to Greens Vs. The Environment

  1. Pathway says:

    Not to mention all those bug eating (disease vectors) bats that are killed every night.

  2. GeologyJim says:

    Memories of Vietnam – – – “We had to destroy the village to save it”

    We live in times of “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds”, to be sure [1841]

  3. Extreme Hiatus says:

    Definitely agree with your main point. The hypocrisy of ‘environmentalists’ supporting wind turbines is insane. They always resort to ‘other things – cats, window hits – kill more birds but fail to get the point about which kinds of birds these things kill.

    And bats.

  4. Tom Henry says:

    Xcel Energy rushed through the approvals for their Rush Creek Wind Farm, some 300 turbines on the eastern plains of Colorado. It will lay on the western edge the central flyway migration route of sand hill cranes and snow geese, among others. Can you suggest any possible action that might be taken against this potential avian slaughter house?
    A cynical irony is Xcel has already met their established goals for renewable energy. They are simply capturing more available subsidy monies to “save ratepayers millions.”

  5. menicholas says:

    There will not be a large migratory or bird of prey left if they build enough of these things to even put a dent in fossil fuel usage.
    This infuriates me.

  6. Steve Parker says:

    This is not a problem. Evolutionary science tells us that we will soon have eagles that can fly 300 MPH and pull 8g turns to avoid the whirling blades. Darwin will be proud of the new species created by our fabulous machines.

  7. Tom O says:

    I love raptors, too. For the past 8 years I have been blessed by a pair of Harris Hawks that live around the golf course I walk in the evenings. What is especially nice – and unusual – is that they will cross the golf course to a tree where I am near and “talk” to me. Don’t understand a squawk they make, but if they are around when I am on my walk, I am guaranteed a “conversation.” It really is a highlight of my day, and I’m a little bummed on the days they aren’t there.

  8. GW says:

    Any idea when (or if) the Trump administration is going to address and hopefully end this travesty ?

  9. Mark Fife says:

    Here in Georgia you do not see “wind farms”. You do see an explosion of hawk populations. It has been happening since at least the mid to late 90’s. No one ever mentions it in the news or anywhere else, but it used to be rare to see one. Now you see them everywhere. Seeing an actual eagle was even more rare. It is still comparatively rare, but you do see them. This of course also corresponds to the more publicized explosion in the population of coyotes. We basically had no coyotes. Now they are showing up in large numbers. Same thing with deer. Populations in areas previously free from deer. At least, you never saw them. Now you see them daily.

    Chipmunks, rabbits, squirrel, field mice, and other such prey species are doing well too. Over the past five years ground hogs have started showing up. We used to never see ground hogs. Never. We even have a family of foxes that comes up at night behind our house. A black bear was photographed in our front yard for crying out loud.

    Alligators migrating north along the Chattahoochee river have been sighted. There was a pretty big one captured last year above Atlanta.

    All of this points to a veritable explosion in animal populations around Atlanta and throughout north Georgia. The reason for that is not getting hotter. The summers in Atlanta have if anything gotten milder. Winters did get milder back in the 90’s, sure. Lately they have been getting colder. It isn’t the temperature. It’s the food.

    There is more food. More plant growth, more plant eaters. More plant eaters, more predators. You can see it in how fast trees leaf up in the spring. How fast the grass, weeds, and wild shrubs grow up in the wild part of our yard. When a southerner tells you the stuff is growing like kudzu he means it is growing fast. You can almost see kudzu growing. You should have seen out tomato plants this year.

    This noticeable change is no doubt primarily due to the slight increase in CO2. If you can see the change and increase in greenery from space, you sure as hell can tell it from the ground.

    This is life and more life. Life more abundant. It sure as hell isn’t an extinction event.

    All you have to do is open your eyes. People are just eat up with dumb ass if they can’t see the plain truth and know the lie for what it is.

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