License To Kill

The US Government acknowledges that wind power kills large numbers of eagles, but are upset when wind farm operators don’t pay the government for the right to kill the birds.

ESI Energy LLC, Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Nextera Energy Resources LLC, is Sentenced After Pleading Guilty to Killing and Wounding Eagles in Its Wind Energy Operations, in Violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act | OPA | Department of Justice

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4 Responses to License To Kill

  1. Vegieman says:

    Ya gotta love it:

    “For more than a decade, ESI has violated those laws, taking eagles without obtaining or even seeking the necessary permit. We are pleased to see ESI now commit to seeking such permits and ultimately ceasing such violations.”

    Just pay and it’s OK. Is it now permissible for them to “take” the dead eagles to a taxidermist and sell as wall mounts? This is the insanity that drove me out of environmental/regulatory work.

  2. Timo, Not That One says:

    We have to destroy the environment to save the environment.

  3. Nicholas McGinley says:

    When I read this story the other day, I thought I must be hallucinating.
    They were not fined for killing eagles, but for not having paid the fee for permits to kill eagles.
    I had to read it several times to believe what I was reading.
    It did not work…I still can scarcely believe it.
    And in the write up…not a single word about how strange and insane it was that the problem was not eagles being killed, but only that the money had not been paid.

  4. GreyGeek says:

    “The Illustrated Guide To The Law” in an Internet comic drawn by a lawyer. He explains a lot of legal stuff using cartoons to illustrate. I point to page 8 of his section on “Guilt Without Fault”, in which he explains how the law stopped describing what societies values are and started prescribing how someone thinks they aught to be.
    That is how the law became unknowable.
    https://lawcomic.net/guide/?p=1031

    Here is the last page summary for the tldr folks:
    https://lawcomic.net/guide/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/StrictLiability16.png

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