December 12, 2013

The Damage Caused by Green Policies

Corruption, crony capitalism and lots of dead birds

Solar power.  Solar Panels Frying Birds Along Major Migration Path

A recent article by Vice author Lex Berko notes that dead birds are being found with "singed wings" around several California solar energy facilities.
It happens that many of California's solar plants are, the article claims, in the path of "the four major north-to-south trajectories for migratory birds" called "the Pacific Flyway."

Birds are dying in one of two ways. In some cases, they imagine the shining solar panels to be bodies of water and dive straight into them. There they die when they smash into the panels from the sky.  Others "feel the wrath of the harnessed sunlight." The ultra polished solar mirrors bounce sunrays strong enough to burn the feathers off birds that quickly crash to the ground, caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Many of the fowl dying as a result of their unfortunate flight paths over solar facilities are birds protected by the federal government under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Wind Turbines

Wind Farms Killed 67 Eagles in 5 years

The president of the American Bird Conservancy, Mike Parr, said the tally was "an alarming and concerning finding."

A trade group, the American Wind Energy Association, said in a statement that the figure was much lower than other causes of eagle deaths. The group said it was working with the government and conservation groups to find ways to reduce eagle casualties.

Still, the scientists said their figure is likely to be "substantially" underestimated, since companies report eagle deaths voluntarily and only a fraction of those included in their total were discovered during searches for dead birds by wind-energy companies. The study also excluded the deadliest place in the country for eagles, a cluster of wind farms in a northern California area known as Altamont Pass. Wind farms built there decades ago kill more than 60 per year.

Now official policy in the Obama Administration:  Wind-energy companies can now kill or injure bald and golden eagles for the next 30 years without penalty.

I remember the tens of millions of dollars spent to save the bald eagle in a program run by the Fish and Wildlife service that was so successful the bald eagle 'graduated' after 30 years from the federally protected species list. 

James Delingpole who calls wind turbines  'bat-chomping, bird-slicing eco-crucifixes'  writes

In the US, according to some estimates, wind turbines are responsible for slaughtering between 13,000,000 and 39,000,000 birds and bats every year. And no, that is not a misprint.
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whenever I write about the astonishing bird and bat morbidity rates resulting from wind farms, some greenie smartass will always come back with the line: "And you know how many birds and bats are killed every year by cats? How many by cars? How many flying into office buildings? You gonna ban those too?"

But there's a difference. Cats make nice pets. Office buildings are useful for working in? Cars get you places.

Wind farms on the other hand achieve absolutely zilch, other than allowing a subsidized few to enrich themselves at the expense of everyone else, while despoiling the view for miles around.

Ethanol

The shocking damage 'green' ethanol leaves behind as Obama's push for renewable energy eats up millions of acres of land set aside for conservation

the ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today.

As farmers rushed to find new places to plant corn, they wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, destroyed habitat and contaminated water supplies, an Associated Press investigation found.

Five million acres of land set aside for conservation — more than Yellowstone, Everglades and Yosemite National Parks combined — have been converted on Obama's watch.

Landowners filled in wetlands. They plowed into pristine prairies, releasing carbon dioxide that had been locked in the soil.  Sprayers pumped out billions of pounds of fertilizer, some of which seeped into drinking water, polluted rivers and worsened the huge dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico where marine life can't survive.

Don't forget how it's increased food prices all over the world leaving millions on the brink of starvation

Posted by Jill Fallon at December 12, 2013 2:29 PM | Permalink