‘Bird-Brained’ Hypocrisy: Oil Companies Prosecuted for 28 Dead Waterfowl While Wind Companies Get Away with Killing 400,000+ Birds Every Year

October 1, 2011
Do you think Obama is out to get oil companies, while leaving Wind Companies untouched? You may have gotten wind of the seven North Dakota oil companies recently charged in federal court with the deaths of 28 migratory birds.
The sad fact is most of the birds whacked by WIND TURBINES are the larger raptors, much more rare than mere waterfowl.
The offense being prosecuted — The birds allegedly landed in oil waste pits in western North Dakota last spring; the maximum penalty for each charge under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is six months in prison and a $15,000 fine, the AP said.

The Wall Street Journal knows it, opining yesterday that the prosecutions are “bird-brained,” especially when wind-power outfits routinely beat the rap:

The companies have pleaded not guilty, though they are not unamazed. They say they’re not responsible for the bird deaths and that, even if they were, the deaths were “incidental” to lawful commercial activity in full compliance with all environmental laws.

Law enforcement officials we talked to in North Dakota say they can’t remember such a case ever going to court. One local commentator calls it “the most absurd legal action taken by the government in the history of North Dakota.” One of the charged oil companies “even went to U.S. Fish and Wildlife and self-reported a number of birds, asking what else they could do soon after they had found the dead birds,” reports the Plains Daily, North Dakota’s statewide newspaper.

U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon is nonetheless undaunted as he pursues the cause of ornithological justice.

Absurdity aside, this prosecution is all the more remarkable because the wind industry each year kills not 28 birds, or even a few hundred, but some 440,000, according to estimates by the American Bird Conservancy based on Fish and Wildlife Service data. Guess how many legal actions the Obama Administration has brought against wind turbine operators under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act? As far as we can tell, it’s zero.

Kevin Cramer, North Dakota’s public service commissioner, expressed concern about an apparent presumption of guilt that motivated the U.S. Wildlife Department’s 45-day helicopter search for dead birds in North Dakota’s oil fields, according to the Plains Daily.

“That’s chilling to me in a free society,” Cramer  noted on a Bismark, N.D. radio show. “I’m certainly concerned this was a high priority for the government.”

The American Bird Conservancy—no fan of the oil companies’ actions—also hammers the feds for hypocritical, selective enforcement.

“It is perplexing that similar prosecutions have yet to be brought against the operators of wind farms,” said American Bird Conservancy President George Fenwick. “Every year wind turbines kill hundreds of thousands of birds, including eagles, hawks, and songbirds, but the operators are being allowed to get away with it. It looks like a double standard.”

Looks like? Obama’s plan: It’s called get the oil companies, shut down oil production, raise prices.

The Green Reaper, Hunting Birds

June 12, 2011

Mark Lynas has a must-read article about the impact of wind farms on bird populations.

I think wind farms are potentially the biggest disaster for birds of prey since the days of persecution by gamekeepers, and I think wind farms are one of the biggest threats to European and North American bats since large scale deforestation. The impacts are already becoming serious for white-tailed eagles in Europe, as is abundantly clear in Norway.  A wind farm – built despite opposition from ornithologists – has decimated an important population, killing 40 white-tailed eagles in about 5 years and 11 of them in 2010.  The last great bustard in the Spanish province of Cadiz was killed by a wind development.  In my experience, some “greens” are in complete denial of these impacts, or hopefully imagine that these bats and birds can take big losses: they can’t because they breed very slowly.

The question for readers —  how much responsibility does Mark Lynas bear for this disaster?

Windmills Are So Nature Friendly.

October 12, 2010

Playing whack-a-bird

The Ridiculus Costs Of ‘Alternative Energy’

May 2, 2010

NCPA also cites a 2009 study by Center for Political Studies in Denmark which found that country spent $90,000-$140,000 of the taxpayer’s money for each green job they created, and the average “green” worker put $10,000 less into the economy than the average worker in normal industry.

And the German Rhine-Westphalia Institute found wind energy cost three times as much as conventional power sources, and solar cost eight times as much. Taxpayer subsidies for solar and wind power for the past 10 years has cost $101 billion and has contributed only 7% of the nation’s power supply. Each green job created in Germany cost the taxpayers $240,000.

In case you might be analytically challenged, a job that costs more to create than it produces is not good.  Energy sources that rely on taxpayer props to survive is not efficient.  Jobs created at great expense to the taxpayer to prop up an energy source that also bilks the taxpayer, and costs twice as many jobs in the economy as the effort creates…this just isn’t smart.

More here:

Windmills: Worker Killers

April 13, 2010

More people have been killed by Oregon’s windmills than died at Three Mile Island;

Today, 20 percent of America’s electricity, and 69 percent of its carbon-free generation of electricity, is from nuclear plants. But it has been 30 years since America began construction on a new nuclear reactor.

France gets 80 percent of its electricity from nuclear power; China is starting construction of a new reactor every three months. Meanwhile, America, which pioneered nuclear power, is squandering money on wind power, which provides 1.3 percent of the nation’s electricity: it is slurping up $30 billion of tax breaks and other subsidies amounting to $18.82 per megawatt-hour, 25 times as much per megawatt-hour as the combined subsidies for all other forms of electricity production.

Wind power involves gargantuan “energy sprawl.” To produce 20 percent of America’s power by wind, which the Obama administration dreamily proposes, would require 186,000 tall turbines—40 stories tall, their flashing lights can be seen for 20 miles—covering an area the size of West Virginia. The amount of electricity that would be produced by wind turbines extending the entire 2,178 miles of the Appalachian Trail can be produced by four reactors occupying four square miles of land.

Why isn’t the green weenies concerned with the bird kill and gigantic land blight this causes to their “pristine lands”. Remember when we were so concerned about urban sprawl, well this dwarfs the whole sprawl argument.

Does anyone want to take shot at why we never hear how cheap electricity from wind power really is? __ LOL

What Happens To Green Energy

July 13, 2009

Simple to figure out, green energy costs a lot and no one wants it.

For the past decade, Austin’s ambition to become the world’s clean-energy capital has been best exemplified by one effort: GreenChoice, a program that sells electricity generated entirely from renewable sources such as wind.

Now the nationally renowned program is struggling to find buyers — the latest allotment is 99 percent unsold after seven months on the market — and Austin Energy is looking for ways to bring down the rising costs.

Building and maintaining all those windmills isn’t free.

And the going bust ethanol business, well it’s going bust, because costs are too high. Much of this was figured out back in the early 19th century. The only thing that can compete will oil and gas, nuclear power — And of course coal conversion using derivatives of the Fischer-Trposch conversion process. Fischer-Tropsch is what the Nazis used in WWII for their war machine, and it converts coal to liquid fuels at between $30-40 barrel oil equivalent, depending on the quality of the coal used.

More here.

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