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Energy in America: Dead Birds Unintended Consequence of Wind Power Development

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by YankeeFan, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Conservationists vs. Environmentalists:

  2. Beaker

    Beaker Active Member

    Wind turbines kill about 10,000-40,000 birds a year, whereas cats kill hundreds of millions (as do power lines):

  3. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    Aflockalypse now!
  4. PeterGibbons

    PeterGibbons Member

    according to this website 100million to 1 billion a year are killed by windows... wow, never knew birds were that dumb
  5. Mystery Meat II

    Mystery Meat II Well-Known Member

    How many are killed by Boise State's football field?
  6. Point of Order

    Point of Order Active Member

  7. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    We need to ask the Avian Advocacy Desk at Fox News how many birds died in last year's Gulf oil spill.
  8. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Between 100 million and 1 billion?

    Why not just say between 1 and a trillion?
  9. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Good question.

    But, it's pretty clear other energy companies have been fined for killing birds

    Why is nothing being done here?
  10. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member

    As usual, the Onion has isolated the problem. At least Congress is working on it.

    This article fucking killed me.

  11. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    Perhaps because the company in question agreed to a settlement with conservationists last year. Including new turbines.


    The final settlement requires NextEra Energy Resources to construct its new turbines in areas that will not harm birds, bats and other wildlife. It will shutter all its existing turbines by 2015, three years before it is required to do so under the permits from the county.

    The agreement is not an admission of guilt on the part of the firm, which is a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, the parent company of Florida Power & Light. Nonetheless, it must pay $2.5 million in mitigation fees, half to the state Energy Commission and half to regional parks for raptor habitat creation.

    Death from old and poorly located wind turbines is only one among many causes of bird deaths, including habitat destruction, poaching, climate change and the use of pesticides. Migratory birds face a similar risk from collisions with buildings and bright lights from tall structures.
  12. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Why can't you let me have my fun?

    Neener, neener?
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