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Jim Wiegand’s “Cheeseburgers & the Wind Industry”

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1 It took the two ravens in this film 18 minutes to discover the 20 burgers and only slightly longer to carry them away. The point being that most of the birds killed by wind turbines weigh less than a cheeseburger. Do we really expect bird carcases to lay undisturbed long enough to be counted in what are often monthly surveys? And if bird carcases are being carried off by scavengers, American reports that wind turbines only kill 400,000 to 500,000 birds  a year are meaningless. Jim Wiegand’s “Cheeseburgers & the Wind Industry” is a brilliant critique of turbine mortality studies.

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Should Ontario Build Wind Turbines On Migration Routes?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1When the first winter’s snow covers their hunting grounds, Ontario’s Golden Eagles head south. Many fly along the shore of the Great Lakes, crossing into the United States when the shores are close. This is a major flyway and, according to an article in the Kingston Field Naturalists, “12 million migratory birds pass through” Ontario’s Prince Edward County every year. Some, like the Golden Eagle, are endangered species. Many fall prey to the whirling blades of wind turbines. One of the wind projects sited on this flyway, Wolfe Island, reputedly has the “highest avian mortality in the province.”  Across the border in Michigan state, Huron County intervened on behalf of the birds impose to a 3 mile set-back from the lake. There is no corresponding fly through zone in Ontario. Submissions for two new wind projects – Whites Pines and Ostander Point – are among those being considered for Ontario’s Large Renewable Procurement. The province will not release a list of proposed projects until August 7, when the submission deadline ends. Should Ontario build wind turbines on migration routes?

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Red-Tailed Hawk At The Ocotillo Wind Farm

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMJim Pelley sent in some photos of a red-tailed hawk at the Ocotillo Wind farm in California. This is not the first raptor sighted in the wind farm, which straddles a migration flyway used by golden eagles.

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American Bird Conservancy Legal Action Over Eagle Kill Rule

American Bird Conservancy News Release

(Washington, D.C., April 30, 2014) A leading bird conservation organization—American Bird Conservancy (ABC)—has announced its intention to sue the Department of the Interior (DOI), charging DOI with multiple violations of federal law in connection with its December 9, 2013, final regulation that allows wind energy companies and others to obtain 30-year permits to kill eagles without prosecution by the federal government. The previous rule provided for a maximum duration of five years for each permit.
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How much wildlife can USA afford to kill?

America’s wind farms are actually slaughtering millions of birds and bats annually

By Mark Duchamp

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe Obama administration is issuing 30-year permits for “taking” (killing) bald and golden eagles. The great birds will be legally slaughtered “unintentionally” by lethal wind turbines installed in their breeding territories, and in “dispersion areas” where their young congregate (e.g. Altamont Pass).
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Exposing the wind industry genocide

By Jim Wiegand

For those that have the mistaken belief that wind is green, clean, or in some way a noble venture, reality couldn’t be any further from the truth.  There is nothing commendable about hiding the slaughter to millions of protected bird and bats each year.
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Michigan: Kevon Martis tells Audubon What’s wrong with Wind Turbines (Video)

Published on Mar 12, 2014

IICC director Kevon Martis speaks to Audubon and Sierra Club members in Grand Blanc, MI about current issues with utility scale wind energy in Michigan: turbines are not set back far enough from houses in Michigan; wind turbines do not cut CO2 emissions; emissions have risen, not fallen in Iowa; natural gas is actually cheaper & superior to wind technology; wind is inefficient & needs backup, bird fatalities, etc

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Wind Power Plants are an Economic and Environmental Absurdity (video)

Kevon Martis, Director of the Interstate Informed Citizen’s Coalition (a bi-partisan group whose members are 40% Democrats/60% Republicans), testifying before the Michigan Senate Energy Committee in support of repealing renewable energy mandates in Michigan, on March 18, 2014

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Get the Politics out of Wind Energy!

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Stanford University has just published a glowing report about how Wind Farms “can provide a surplus of reliable clean energy to society.” I almost posted it. It is important to publish information that does not fit your beliefs but, in this case, I decided to voice my skepticism instead.
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Wind Turbines May Harm Livestock and Wildlife, Study Finds

Originally Published in East County Magazine

By Miriam Raftery

Are wind turbines safe for wildlife, livestock and humans living nearby?  A new study published in the Journal of Veterinary Sciences has found that geese living near wind turbines suffered loss of appetite, weight loss, and measurable physical changes.
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