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Red-throated Diver bird kills off second phase of wind farm
Financial Times ^ | 2/19/14 | Pilita Clark

Posted on 03/01/2014 4:35:32 PM PST by Libloather

The UK’s renewable energy plans have been set back after the companies building the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, London Array, ditched a second phase of the huge project, largely because of uncertainties about its impact on birds.

**SNIP**

Basking sharks and a rocky seabed helped kill off plans to build ScottishPower Renewables’ Argyll Array wind farm off the western coast of Scotland in December.

That move came just weeks after RWE, a German power company, pulled the plug on its £4bn Atlantic Array offshore wind farm after saying the cost of overcoming technical challenges were “prohibitive” in the current market.

(Excerpt) Read more at ft.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: birds; farm; turbines; wind
Global killing.
1 posted on 03/01/2014 4:35:32 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

YOu don’t mess with English Birders.


2 posted on 03/01/2014 4:37:01 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Libloather; shibumi

Bird Blender ping


3 posted on 03/01/2014 4:37:21 PM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Libloather

Libs eating their own. Excellent! [steeples fingers]


4 posted on 03/01/2014 4:39:49 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Libloather

It’s about time that lawmakers treated the environmental impacts of wind power as seriously as they do the impacts of the fossil fuel, and nuclear industries.


5 posted on 03/01/2014 4:44:33 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Libloather

Gee, what a mess. Save the birds or save the planet? I know. Save both. Kill the people.


6 posted on 03/01/2014 4:44:49 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Salamander; Ezekiel

“...impact on birds.”

Ya don’t say.


7 posted on 03/01/2014 4:45:44 PM PST by cyn (Benghazi.)
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To: cyn

*snort!*


8 posted on 03/01/2014 4:55:01 PM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Libloather
...companies building the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, London Array, ditched a second phase of the huge project, largely because of uncertainties about its impact on birds...

There are no "uncertainties" about the impact of wind farms on birds. They kill them. In large quantities.

9 posted on 03/01/2014 4:59:35 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (If Barack Hussein Obama entertains a thought that he does not verbalize, is it still a lie?)
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To: Libloather

10 posted on 03/01/2014 5:00:12 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: cyn
It goes a little something like this

[but with less Coke and more screaming feathers]

11 posted on 03/01/2014 5:05:50 PM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Yup.

This was an ecologically brilliant idea.

12 posted on 03/01/2014 5:10:04 PM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Salamander
The envirofascists are finally showing their true stripes.
13 posted on 03/01/2014 5:12:58 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (If Barack Hussein Obama entertains a thought that he does not verbalize, is it still a lie?)
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To: Libloather
As something of a birder, I genuinely feel a sense of loss as hawks, falcons and eagles are sacrificed, unnecessarily, to windfarms.

That these bird-killing machines get an environmental "pass" does illustrate the hypocrisy of the leftie/greens; and, it should cast a doubt on other areas of pseudo-"environmental" sophistry.

(Global warming/climate change comes to mind)

.

14 posted on 03/01/2014 5:14:25 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: bert
The Brits call them "divers."

We call them loons.

That's a red-throated loon.

And, yeah, the real loons are the wind power fanatics.

15 posted on 03/01/2014 5:15:58 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Libloather
This environmental issues with large-scale wind farms and solar power sites is why the molten-salt reactor (MSR) looks more and more attractive nowadays.

Unlike conventional light-water pressurized uranium-fueled reactors, MSR's offer these advantages:

1. It uses commonly thorium-232 dissolved in molten fluoride salts as fuel, a lot cheaper to make than the solid fuel rods of uranium-235 now required.
2. You can even use reprocessed uranium-235 fuel rods and plutonium-239 from dismantled nuclear weapons dissolved in molten fluoride salts as fuel, eliminating a major nuclear waste disposal problem.
3. Because the fuel is in liquid form, there is very little "meltdown" risk.
4. It doesn't require a dangerous pressurized reactor vessel.
5. Doing an emergency shutdown (SCRAM) only requires dumping the liquid fuel from the reactor.
6. By using closed-loop Brayton turbines to turn the power generators, you eliminate the need for expensive, space-wasting cooling towers or locating the reactor near a large body of cooling water.
7. The radioactive waste generated is very small in amount, and only has a half-life of under 300 years. That means very cheap waste disposal, if the nuclear medicine industry doesn't grab it first!

Small wonder why there is major revived interest in this type of nuclear reactor, especially since thorium-232 is relatively easy to find on Earth (and there is a lot on the Moon also), so running out of fuel is definitely not an issue.

16 posted on 03/01/2014 5:16:13 PM PST by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Cold blooded, merciless killers?


17 posted on 03/01/2014 5:17:17 PM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Seaplaner

Amen.


18 posted on 03/01/2014 5:17:17 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Salamander

LoL,
Will never be able to look at a ‘sky blender’ again without chuckling. :)


19 posted on 03/01/2014 5:20:56 PM PST by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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To: moose07

Hey, if *I* had a blender like that and I could afford to break it....

;D


20 posted on 03/01/2014 5:23:09 PM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: moose07

Have you checked out the whole site?

That dude has, possibly, the best job on earth.

http://willitblend.com/videos/spam


21 posted on 03/01/2014 5:32:56 PM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Libloather

Just release a bunch of cats to clean up the mess the windmills make!


22 posted on 03/01/2014 5:32:58 PM PST by dalereed
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To: Salamander

That series of videos is responsible for a lot of laughter.
But I’ll still checkout your link, could have missed one. :)
With a job like that you can never blend fully into the crowd again.


23 posted on 03/01/2014 5:38:30 PM PST by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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To: moose07

I see what you did there....;D


24 posted on 03/01/2014 5:49:27 PM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Salamander

Swish swish swish....SPLAT! SPLAT! SPLAT! SPLAT! SPLAT!


25 posted on 03/01/2014 5:54:51 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

I LMAO.

[but I’m properly ashamed of myself for doing so]


26 posted on 03/01/2014 6:05:36 PM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Seaplaner
these bird-killing machines get an environmental "pass"

So does dumping tons of salt on our roads, and from there into the ditches and rivers and private wells.

Nary a peep from the watermelon retards.

27 posted on 03/01/2014 6:11:10 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: Flycatcher; cyn; Salamander
The Brits call them "divers."

We call them loons.

That's a red-throated loon.

And, yeah, the real loons are the wind power fanatics.

It's as if the bird blender butchers are getting a bird's eye view of their own downfall. The writing on the wall using a quill dipped in blood.

28 posted on 03/01/2014 6:28:39 PM PST by Ezekiel (All who mourn the destruction of America merit the celebration of her rebirth.)
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To: Ezekiel
Where is Don when you need him?


29 posted on 03/01/2014 6:40:32 PM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Salamander

About six years ago...I was watching a German documentary on the windfarm business. Syndicates were successful....money was shaping up around new windmill farms....optimistic views.

So the camera crew went out to a typical farm with the maintenance guy who visited every other day to check on five or six of these. As he got out of the car....he dragged out this big garbage bag, and the camera guy asked...what’s that for? And seconds later, the maintenance picks up a dead bird, and just smiles at the camera. He picked up around a dozen birds from the six windmills, and said that was typical.

Today, there’s three groups in Germany hindering new windmill operations. First, the landscape assault group...who thinks that it destroys the view. Then, there’s the anti-hum crowd, who claims they can hear the turn of the turbines if it’s within a kilometer of their house. Then you have the bird crowd.

Frankly, I’d say within three years in Germany....it’ll be practically impossible to build anymore and the peak will be hit. The environmental crowd....will sit there in shock...having the perfect gimmick and no way to build them.


30 posted on 03/02/2014 12:37:01 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: RayChuang88
The science is settled! Global warming is real! I mean, climate change! Oh, wait. You were talking about nuclear power. No nukes! No blood for oil!

Seriously, your idea actually makes sense to me, although the physics is a bit dense for me yet. My point is that you could come up with an energy source that draws limitless, non polluting energy from the air, "energy too cheap to meter" as the old saying used to go, and the enviro whackos would find a reason to smack it down.

They want us to live peasant lives, and for them to dole out what few pleasures and luxuries we get, with a healthy dose of lectures about how we don't deserve it, and what horrible things we've done to Mother Gaia.

31 posted on 03/02/2014 4:34:55 AM PST by Hardastarboard (The question of our age is whether a majority of Americans can and will vote us all into slavery.)
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To: Salamander

Gee, picking up all the dead birds must be emotionally stressful for the workers. One, because the birds are needlessly dead. Two, because birds carry disease.

Nuclear power does not kill birds.


32 posted on 03/02/2014 4:49:52 AM PST by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: Libloather

They also had a solar project that flash-cooked birds in flight. I can’t recall the location.


33 posted on 03/02/2014 5:29:37 AM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

California, near Las Vegas, I believe.


34 posted on 03/02/2014 10:14:19 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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