CFact.orgby Paul Driessen
It's time to end our "helter-skelter" energy policy that lets wind turbines kill without fault but brings criminal charges against competitors.
Itâ€™s time to apply endangered species, wildlife and economic laws fairly and equitably.
â€œâ€¦ gleaming white wind turbines generating carbon-free electricity carpet chaparral-covered ridges and march down into valleys of Joshua trees.â€ This is â€œthe futureâ€ of American energy â€“ not â€œthe oil rigs planted helter-skelter in [nearby] citrus groves,â€ nor the â€œsmoggy San Joaquin Valleyâ€ a few miles away.
The Forbes articleâ€™s poetic paean to Aeolian energy voiced consternation that a 300-megawatt â€œgreenâ€ turbine project might kill some of the magnificent California condors that are just coming back from the edge of extinction â€“ and the project might be cancelled as a result.
Indeed, the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has asked Kern County to â€œexercise extreme cautionâ€ in approving projects in the Tehapachi area, because of potential threats to condors. The â€œconundrum will force some hard choices about the balance we are willing to strike between obtaining clean energy and preserving wild things,â€ the article suggested.
Hopefully, it concluded, new â€œavian radar unitsâ€ will be able to detect condors and automatically shut down turbines when one approaches.
All Americans hope condors will not be sliced and diced by giant Cuisinarts. But most of us are puzzled that so few â€œenvironmentalistsâ€ and FWS â€œcaretakersâ€ express concern about the countless bald and golden eagles, hawks, falcons, vultures, ducks, geese, bats and other rare, threatened, endangered and common flying creatures imperiled by turbine blades.
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