Skip to comments.Pa. Wind Turbines Destroying Environment
Posted on 07/19/2011 7:11:46 PM PDT by Tribune7
Bats, as scary as they are to some, are one of the more useful mammals in creation. The diets of those species common in Pennsylvania consist of mosquitoes and other insect pests including the ones that damage crops.
A colony of 100 brown bats can consume of a quarter-million insects in a single night. Science magazine has estimated the pest control service provided by bats can save farmers about $74 per acre.
Well, the unattractive wind turbines built at the hectoring of the nature worshipers who've managed to convince most that they are the arbiters of all dogma scientific are turning out to be a bit of an environmental disaster.
The 420 wind turbines in use in Pennsylvania killed 10,000 bats last year.
(Excerpt) Read more at blog.billlawrenceonline.com ...
Say it ain’t so...a green technology destroying the environment? /s =.=
(We took a drive through the PA countryside to visit relatives, instead of taking route 80. We were shocked at the number of windmills on top of the mountains.)
“Scores of Protected Golden Eagles Dying after Colliding with Wind Turbines”
By David Gardner...Daily Mail...6/6/11
“California’s attempts to switch to green energy have inadvertently put the survival of the states golden eagles at risk.
The 200ft high turbines, which have been operating since the 1980s, lie in the heart of the grassy canyons that are home to one of the highest densities of nesting golden eagles in the US.
Now the drive for renewable power sources, such as wind and the sun, being promoted by President Obama and state Governor Jerry Brown has raised fears that the number of newborn golden eagles may not be able to keep pace with the number of turbine fatalities.
Nationwide, about 440,000 birds are said to be accidentally killed at wind farms each year, as well as thousands more bats.
We taxpayers have spent millions of dollars saving the California condor from extinction, Gary George, spokesman for Audubon California, told the Times.
How’s the public going to feel about wind energy if a condor hits the turbines?
don’t know if you are interested but here’s a ping.
They sure screw up the scenery of the Poconos. I'd love to see one get stuck in the middle of Lower Merion.
Another liberal “solution” that worse than the “problem”.
I once had a bat go between the blades of a running fan to come in a bedroom window. I don’t know if the sonar allowed it to go between the blades, or if the sonar didn’t show the fan blades and the bat just got lucky. That said, the tips of those windmills are moving really fast, when they move at all. I don’t think many realize just how big those windmills are.
Well OK, just send those extra 25,000,000 bugs over to the nearest,EPA Office.
They are just another brand of Communist, and what they want is the Proletariat under their thumbs, or dead, or both.
Making energy astronomically expensive moves their plan along.
No more to it than that.
Dead bats are turning up beneath wind turbines all over the world. Bat fatalities have now been documented at nearly every wind facility in North America where adequate surveys for bats have been conducted, and several of these sites are estimated to cause the deaths of thousands of bats per year.
Aug. 25, 2008 -- Researchers have found the cause behind mysterious bat deaths near wind turbines, in which many bat carcasses appeared uninjured. The explanation to this puzzle is that the bats' lungs effectively blow up from the rapid pressure drop that occurs as air flows over the turbine blades.
Accidently, he didn't know where he was going to be, my son camped very close to those windmills in Somerset a few weeks ago.
I mentioned these bats and he confirms - none. No dead birds, no bats. His only negative on the windmills was how they ruined the quiet and scenic value and view of the countryside.
The main problem he had was Whosh, Whosh, Whosh from the props all night long. Never again, he said.
The wind turbines were obsolete when they built them.
Animals can’t “adapt” to changes which occur too rapidly. Many hundreds of wind turbines have been installed in the path of bird and bat migration in just a few years, thanks to idiots and their fraudulent theory of anthropogenic global warming.
Don't know where you got that idea, but it is quite wrong. Bats are indeed 'free flying like birds.' They fly where they want to and when they want to. They fly where they can find insects to eat, and just like birds fly to where they can find things to eat. Both bats and birds fly within a somewhat restricted area near where they call home. Both bats and bird migrate - to a greater or lesser degree depending on which species they happen to be.
I've observed may bats where I work, and in nearby mountainous areas where they live. They are often quite playful in the air, often sparing with their fellow flyers, usually when they are leaving 'for the hunt.'
Wind turbines create tremendous new problems that must be solved by liberals and New Government Programs. Ain’t it wonderful?
The birds and the bats were long gone before he got there.
Paging Rachel Carson...please pick up the flaming red courtesy phone.
Magic birds and bats? There was no clean up crew.
Not saying it doesn't happen, it is just exaggerated.
Please, my son and i are not supportive of these windmills but the birds and bats story is not correct, according eye witnesses.
Cool picture though.
They look like they spin slow, but they are so big the tips are going really fast, like suppopsedly 100-200mph. It’s a shame about the bats, they are neat and useful creatures. This and that white nose thing is pretty rough.
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