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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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Two conflicting Aspects of Ontario’s Green Revolution

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Two conflicting aspects of Ontario’s Green Revolution are immediately obvious. At a time when most of Canada’s emissions are rising, Ontario’s are falling. You can see the drop in electricity sector emissions in the graph below. By 2012, all of Ontario’s emissions were 5.9% below 1990 levels and the rest of Canada’s was 18% above. Yet there is serious opposition to renewable energy. Eighty-six municipalities have declared they are not willing hosts for the continued spread of wind energy projects.

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The Production Tax Credit is a Modern Day Gordian Knot

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The “Tea Party” has been holding back approval of an $85 billion tax package since December, because it includes a $13 billion production tax credit (PTC) for wind energy. They claim that after “tens of billions of tax-payer dollars,” it is time to end “this sweetheart deal.” That’s an interesting sentiment, coming from people who apparently have no objection to letting oil producers continue to use “tens of billions of tax-payer dollars” every year. A broad spectrum of business leaders, and the governors of at least four states, are concerned about the impact delaying the PTC has had, and is having, on their economies. There is also opposition to wind farms from some environmentalists and many of the communities where they have been installed. The Production Tax Credit is a modern day Gordian knot.

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Should Ohio Re-examine its Renewable Energy Standards?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMCoal is Ohio’s principal energy source, but in 2008 the state legislature adopted adopted renewable energy and energy efficiency standards (SB 221) that require 25% of the electricity supplied by investor owned utilities to be supplied by “alternative energy” sources by 2025. These alternative sources include nuclear power and “clean coal.” Half must come from from renewable sources such as wind and hydropower and at least 0.5% from solar. The nature of this mix is important. A bill (SB 310) is currently before the legislature that would freeze the renewable energy standards at 2014 levels while a house committee studies their cost.
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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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Are Wind Turbines Exterminating California’s Golden Eagle Population?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1According to a story in yesterday’s Washington Times, at least 79 golden eagles have been struck down by Wind turbines. Most were killed between 2008 and 2012, when the wind industry was expanding, and the deadliest killing site was Altamont Pass in California.
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Wind Turbines, the Power of Denial and Threatened Eradication of a Species

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Some people are reminiscent of Old Testament Prophets speaking to a people that do not want to listen. While they may not speak in the name of God, they know something is wrong and dedicate their lives to righting it. Jim Wiegand has assumed that mantle in his defense of America’s eagle population. He sometimes uses words like “fraud” and “complicity,” which I find difficult to hear – we often underestimate the extent to which denial, lack of accountability and hard heartedness guide decisions – but I am also beginning to wonder if Jim’s terms are more appropriate. There are very definitely appear to be forces at work to trying stop us from making a conscious choice.

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Two perspectives on the rapid extirpation of San Diego county’s Golden Eagles

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1According to a recent “Golden Eagle Threat Alert” by the Wildlife Research Institute (WRI), “human activity is causing the rapid extirpation of our last remaining Golden Eagle Territories.” They claim that over the past few decades, the number of San Diego’s “active golden eagle territories” has dropped from 103 to 49.
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