Skip to comments.Interior Looks to Expand Permits for Killing Bald Eagles to Accommodate Wind Energy
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.
>They love their wind turbines more than they love the magnificent birds that are the symbol of our nation.<
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.
Ohhh I bet the Indian tribes are lining up for the feathers!
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.
>Nothing demonstrates the hypocrisy of the left better than this article.<
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