Skip to comments.Study: Wind Farms = Bird Killers
Posted on 06/07/2010 9:23:14 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Study: Wind Farms = Bird Killers Tiffany Kaiser - June 7, 2010 11:51 AM
A recent study in Klickitat County, Washington shows that active wind farms in Washington and Oregon kill more than 6,500 birds and 3,000 bats annually.
Biologist Orah Zamora works for West, Inc., an ecological field study company, monitors the Windy Flats project, one of the largest wind farms in the United States. Zamora looks for dead birds and bats that have been severed by the spinning blades of the surrounding wind turbines in order to conduct survey's to observe how wind-power development is affecting birds.
"It's like a crime scene, and you try to figure out what happened," said Zamora. "Sometimes it's really obvious because you can see a slice mark."
These surveys are financed by the wind industry and are mainly concerned with birds like eagles, hawks, and other raptors. Klickitat County is especially a concern because the area has an abundance of prey for these larger birds, hence, they tend to stay in the area. According to the study, these birds are diving for their prey and do not pay attention to the large wind turbine blades that may be in the way.
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Nice retort. I once killed an owl with a U-Haul while he was diving for his next meal. Flew right in front of me and I clipped him.
Meantime, please direct me to the nearest nuclear fusion powerplant.
It’s important because the enviro-wackos ALWAYS have said that to kill non-game (ALL critters really, including game birds and animals) is “immoral”, thus they hold up the oil soaked birds in self-righteous indignation for all to see.
I’ve been accessing studies on this very thing (at least studies before they were hidden and certainly not talked about) for years trying to whack the enviro-wackos with their own ammunition, but windpower is PC donchaknow so it’s untouchable.
Hey, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. NO QUARTER!! (and pun intended)
“Theoretically its so cheap, it will not need to be metered.”
That is in part the problem. Lots of solutions on the micro level that don’t get attention because, as I understand it, nobody has figured out how to put a meter on it. Just google off grid solutions for individual homes. At the macro level (ie providing a city or even a significant part of one), while I like the idea of wind and solar, there is just no way I can see it ever being viable.
To my knowledge, we have not succeeded in ever harnessing fusion to produce electricity... Bombs yes, reactors, no.
Here in Michigan, the legislature is forcing electric and gas producers to cut production. Then they’re refusing permits to clean coal plants citing the lack of demand that they’ve forced. Then they’re approving wind farms despite the lack of demand that prevents clean coal. Top it off with already doubled prices, taxpayer subsidies for the wind farms that they predict will produce at the low end of the scale.
Indeed. Notice that I insist the powerplant be located on Earth ...
Your bird death statistics are pretty incredible - it would be nice to see some links to back them up.
Even still, there is a serious issue about initial energy requirements in manufacturing and setup of windfarms - it takes them years to make up these costs. And then maintenance is a big problem - they have a lot of downtime.
In addition, they create a humming sound that is driving entire nearby towns crazy by preventing sleep.
LOL - great point!
And how many little red male Cardinals have beat themselves to death trying to kill their reflection in patio doors?
Sliding glass doors should be banned.
I like it conceptually as a backup system (with batteries and hooking up a few car alternators as needed) and as a freedom from Gov't intervention (thermostat set points, kWh/mo limits, etc.) device/system.
Actually the loss of so many insect eating bats concerns me more.
Don’t windmills kill insects too?
What’s the current cost per kWh of electricity derived from nuclear fusion? Please limit your response to power plants located on planet Earth.
Are you suggesting a windmill is more cost effective than a nuclear power plant. These stats I would like to see. Somehow the Government does not see fit to subsidize Nuclear energy, while the do subsidize “green” power.
I am suggesting nothing at all.
I asked a question.
I note that you failed to answer the question, preferring (apparently) to go off on an irrelevant rant.
The question is:
Whats the current cost per kWh of electricity derived from nuclear fusion? Please limit your response to power plants located on planet Earth.
He called it ‘energy sprawl’.
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