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Interior Looks to Expand Permits for Killing Bald Eagles to Accommodate Wind Energy
Heritage/The Foundry ^ | May 9, 2012 | Lachlan Markay

Posted on 05/14/2012 8:25:54 AM PDT by Josh Painter

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a division of the Interior Department, is considering loosening regulations on the killing of bald eagles, the national bird of the United States, to accommodate the development of wind energy sources.

A draft regulation first filed in April would allow businesses to apply for 30-year permits allowing them to kill bald eagles in the course of other legal activities. The length of those permits would be a six-fold increase over the five-year window allowed under current law.

The USFWS explains at FederalRegister.gov:

We have reviewed applications from proponents of renewable energy projects, such as wind and solar power facilities, for programmatic permits to authorize eagle take that may result from both the construction and ongoing operations of renewable energy projects. During our review, it became evident that the 5-year term limit imposed by the 2009 regulations (see 50 CFR 22.26(h)) needed to be extended to better correspond to the timeframe of renewable energy projects.

Current law allows permitting for “programmatic” killing of bald eagles, which “is recurring, is not caused solely by indirect effects, and that occurs over the long term or in a location or locations that cannot be specifically identified.”

The USFWS notes that permits “may authorize lethal take that is incidental to an otherwise lawful activity, such as mortalities caused by collisions with rotating wind turbines.”

According to the regulation, measures will be taken to attempt to minimize bald eagle mortalities, and additional actions may be authorized if mortalities exceed “anticipated” levels. USFWS began investigating numerous bald eagle deaths associated with wind turbines in early 2012.

Without the proper permit, the killing of a bald eagle is a federal crime.


TOPICS: Government; Pets/Animals; Politics
KEYWORDS: baldeagle; enviros; greenenergy; theleft
Nothing demonstrates the hypocrisy of the left better than this article. For decades the environmental left has used endangered species to stall or stop energy projects. Now that it has been shown that wind turbines kill a number of bird species, including the bald eagle, all of a sudden the greenies don't care about animals. They love their wind turbines more than they love the magnificent birds that are the symbol of our nation.
1 posted on 05/14/2012 8:26:03 AM PDT by Josh Painter
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To: Josh Painter

So, it is OK to kill the symbol of our country - the magnificent Bald Eagle for the sake of wind energy?

Out here in West Texas, we may not be able to drill because of a stupid lizard!

I hate libs.


2 posted on 05/14/2012 8:29:46 AM PDT by KittenClaws (A closed mouth gathers no foot.)
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To: KittenClaws

I read that the Oregon forest is now over supplied with owls and the Interior Department has a plan to kill some of them.


3 posted on 05/14/2012 8:34:52 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Josh Painter
Well, it just makes sense, don't it? I mean, Bald Eagles were the rage back oh so when they were trying to stick a grenade up Bush's rear, or Reagan, or any Republican for that matter. But nowdays, Democrats and liberals realize there's money to be made here while simultaneously exerting life-changing power over the sheep taxpayers. Where's the effing money to be made on eagles? Nowhere! Sierra Club is getting tired of printing all those 4 color glossy pamphlets for chickenfeed.

Global Warming (carbon credits and much regulation and kickbacks), Green Energy (multi-billion dollar loans that don't get paid back), subsidized electric cars that couldn't pull a greased stick out of a cat's a$$....that's where the real money is at, folks.

4 posted on 05/14/2012 8:35:46 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Josh Painter

The expansion of politically correct crony capialism continues.

“Hypocrisy” is definitely the first word that comes to mind.

Instead of the Hippocratic Oath, like doctors, they all take the Hypocritic Oath.


5 posted on 05/14/2012 8:35:53 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Josh Painter
Since the leftist do-gooders have no problem with slaughtering humans before they are born, they also have no problem whacking a few thousand eagles if it helps in the fight against carbon 'pollution'.

For the true believers the ends always justify the means.

6 posted on 05/14/2012 8:35:53 AM PDT by JPG (A dyslexic man walks into a bra...)
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To: KittenClaws

Is ok to kill eagles for GREEN WINDMILLS, but not some stupid minnows in California that have stopped the farming of thousands of acres. The eagle represents the USA, but what the f&&k does a frigging minnow contribute ?? !! ??


7 posted on 05/14/2012 8:39:36 AM PDT by jmax (Ahhhh...life is so frigging good in the obama nation.)
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To: KittenClaws

Meanwhile, east of the Mississippi we have thousands of existing dams of which a sizable percentage are adequate to produce power. Instead of using them, we’re tearing them out.

Let’s not even mention the ocean of natural gas under the great lakes that are under a federal drilling ban.


8 posted on 05/14/2012 8:48:22 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Josh Painter
The only bird the environmentalists don't care about is the one that has come to represent FREEDOM. How fitting.
9 posted on 05/14/2012 8:53:01 AM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: Josh Painter

WELCOME TO THE OBAMA IDIOCRACY


10 posted on 05/14/2012 8:56:56 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

That is correct - the Barred Owl has moved into the Spotted Owl’s supposed territory and pushed them out. The Forest Service plans to kill over one thousand of these beautiful birds to make room for Spotted Owls that aren’t there.
It is utter lunacy - at the same time, finding a Bald Eagle feather on the ground and taking it home can get you time in federal prison. But killing our national symbol for a stinking windmill will be approved - it’s the bizarro world on steroids.


11 posted on 05/14/2012 9:17:28 AM PDT by dainbramaged (OMG - Obama Must Go)
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To: KittenClaws

A “draft regulation” on wind energy? Too funny!


12 posted on 05/14/2012 9:17:51 AM PDT by paolop
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To: 5thGenTexan

Indeed. It’s tough to think of a better metaphor than this administration sponsoring the wholesale slaughter of Bald Eagles in the name of *progress*.


13 posted on 05/14/2012 9:23:01 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Josh Painter

Another martyr to the Green Energy Cult.

14 posted on 05/14/2012 9:28:49 AM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: fishtank

WhereTF is PETA. Hey, PETA - a turbine is a bigger target than an eagle .. oh that’s right - you don’t shoot. PETA might be an endangered species now.


15 posted on 05/14/2012 9:38:35 AM PDT by Surrounded_too
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To: dainbramaged

Something is fundamentally wrong with our government.


16 posted on 05/14/2012 9:40:23 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Josh Painter

We can’t drill in Alaska because there is speculation about Caribeau impact.

We can’t drill in W. Texas because of a lizard.

We can’t drill in Oregan because of an Owl.

We can’t drill in the Gulf because of shrimp.

We can’t drill in Michigan because they are all liberals.

We can’t upgrade refineries (make cleaner) near Chicago because of Lake Michigan.

BUT, we it’s ok to kill Bald Eagles with wind turbines.


17 posted on 05/14/2012 9:49:41 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (With regards to the GOP: I am prodisestablishmentarianistic!)
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To: dainbramaged
That is correct - the Barred Owl has moved into the Spotted Owl’s supposed territory and pushed them out. The Forest Service plans to kill over one thousand of these beautiful birds to make room for Spotted Owls that aren’t there.

Ironic isn't it? Blackbears and cougars have been reported in Indiana in the last few years. The DNR had repeatedly stated and continues to report that we don't have blackbears in IN. (Pictures of one cougar don't count)Nevermind that Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky all have blackbear populations. Meanwhile, it's legal to shoot Coyotes on site if you are a land owner because they have become a predatory nuisance.

There has been discussion about what to do if Blackbears start to populate northern IN. They are worried that, like the coyote, they will threaten native wild life. (What?)

What the hell is native wildlife. It just so happens that when "wildlife" moves in, they become "natives." The animals don't read maps that well and don't realize the government is keeping track of what they hunt and kill. It is rediculous and getting worse.

18 posted on 05/14/2012 9:58:42 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (With regards to the GOP: I am prodisestablishmentarianistic!)
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To: Tenacious 1

Liberalism is a mental disease....


19 posted on 05/14/2012 10:02:31 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
I read that the Oregon forest is now over supplied with owls and the Interior Department has a plan to kill some of them.

Yes, and then they're going to give the 40,000 loggers, truck-drivers and sawmill operators their jobs back.

Not.

20 posted on 05/14/2012 10:06:24 AM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: Josh Painter

>They love their wind turbines more than they love the magnificent birds that are the symbol of our nation.<

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Did you ever doubt that? The “greenies” goal is not the salvation of endangered species but, simply stated, money.

Better a bald eagle on the ground than the loss of one windmill.

But what is even more omninous is that these very windmills could be the cause of real climate change — something that wind turbines were supposed to have prevented.

Ground temperatures are to decrease during the night because the cooler air descends while hot air ascends.

By installing the windturbines, causing subsequent air turbulence at ground level, the cold air does not get a chance to settle on the ground and ground temperatures remain higher than normal.

This process is repeated every day, and ground temperatures continue to rise without the chance of cooling during the nocturnal hours.

The general weather pattern in the US is from west to east. Winds blowing from the west pass through the turbine fields in California, Arizona and New Mexico on their way to Texas.

To make a long story short — Texas is not getting the moisture that it once received before these ugly structures were installed.


21 posted on 05/14/2012 10:09:16 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Josh Painter

Ohhh I bet the Indian tribes are lining up for the feathers!


22 posted on 05/14/2012 10:54:26 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Josh Painter

The hypocrisy I’ve noticed for years, is the greenies throwing a hissy fit over landfills and high-tension lines blighting the pristine countryside. Yet, wiping out hundreds of square miles of same countryside with wind farms and solar cells is A-OK.


23 posted on 05/14/2012 11:21:22 AM PDT by FlyVet
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To: Josh Painter

>Nothing demonstrates the hypocrisy of the left better than this article.<

Bookmarked


24 posted on 05/14/2012 12:01:11 PM PDT by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: All

http://freebeacon.com/obamas-war-on-bald-eagles/


25 posted on 05/14/2012 12:25:12 PM PDT by Josh Painter ("The lesser of two evils is, by definition, evil." - Josh Painter)
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To: KittenClaws
I hate libs

" You've Got a Friend in Pennsylvania "


26 posted on 05/14/2012 12:31:44 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: jmax
.. but what the f&&k does a frigging minnow contribute ?? !! ??

Bait !

27 posted on 05/14/2012 12:33:11 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: tomkat

LOL@bait


28 posted on 05/14/2012 1:25:08 PM PDT by jmax (Ahhhh...life is so frigging good in the obama nation.)
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To: Josh Painter
"They are not endangered when they are in our way."
29 posted on 05/14/2012 1:29:45 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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