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Wind Turbines Give Bats The "Bends"
National Geographic News ^ | 25 August 2008 | Brian Handwerk

Posted on 08/25/2008 5:08:35 PM PDT by zeestephen

Wind turbines can kill bats without touching them by causing a bends-like condition due to rapidly dropping air pressure, new research suggests.

...scientist Erin Baerwald and colleagues report that only about half of the bat corpses they found near Alberta, Canada, turbine bases showed any physical evidence of being hit by a blade.

A surprising 90 percent showed signs of internal hemorrhaging—evidence of a drop in air pressure near the blades that causes fatal damage to the bats' lungs.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.nationalgeographic.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: animalrights; bats; energy; environment; windpower

1 posted on 08/25/2008 5:08:37 PM PDT by zeestephen
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To: zeestephen

Where are the “Save the Bats” tree-huggers when you need them? Why isn’t someone sitting on top of one of those turbines in protest? I just don’t understand! /sarc


2 posted on 08/25/2008 5:14:21 PM PDT by Laptop_Ron (Jindal/Palin '12)
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To: zeestephen

But this is PC energy generation don’t you see. The eviro-freaks don’t mind raptors and other birds being whacked by rotors, now it’s bats. Boy, that ought to get some folks riled up!

Seriously, there are complaints about rotor-wash noise and a high pitched whine (I guess the turbine noise) that really drives folks that live nearby to distraction. I know the whine would have my tinnitus going like crazy especially if the frequency was not in sync!! Lordy! What have we wrought?!

Ah well, now we need to set them up off of Sandy Hook and the coastal areas...poor ol’ West Texas (our country) has its share, let’s aggravate some Downeasters for a change.


3 posted on 08/25/2008 5:20:01 PM PDT by brushcop (We remember SSG Harrison Brown, PVT Andrew Simmons B CO 2/69 3ID KIA Iraq OIF IV)
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To: Laptop_Ron

There could br some truth to
this,It’s just that these people have cried wolf so many times no body listens anymore


4 posted on 08/25/2008 5:21:26 PM PDT by Charlespg (Peace= When we trod the ruins of Mecca and Medina under our infidel boots.)
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To: zeestephen

Or it’s because they hang from the blades when it’s not turning, and when the wind starts blowing....


5 posted on 08/25/2008 5:21:34 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Master of Satire, Slave to Stupidity)
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To: zeestephen
So Pelosi has invested in a bat killing venture? What did bats ever do to her?
6 posted on 08/25/2008 5:26:00 PM PDT by goldfinch
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To: brushcop

The folks who live in and around Mohave, California, calim that the turbines leading up to Tahachapi are the cause of the reduction in bird populations, especially hawks.


7 posted on 08/25/2008 5:30:03 PM PDT by Melchior
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To: Nailbiter

This is for you, T. Boone!

8 posted on 08/25/2008 5:30:59 PM PDT by IncPen (We are but a moment's sunlight, fading in the grass ...)
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To: Charlespg

I just cannot believe that you are doubting the sincerity of our good friends the tree huggers! /sarc


9 posted on 08/25/2008 5:33:10 PM PDT by Laptop_Ron (Jindal/Palin '12)
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To: zeestephen

the sky-bends. awesome!


10 posted on 08/25/2008 5:34:06 PM PDT by Disciplinemisanthropy (fantasy hockey, anyone?)
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To: Laptop_Ron

If it is not a refinery, nuke plant, Wal-Mart store, loggers or any other thing that would benefit our economy or life styles they are against progress. We are ruled by the wishes of a few nitwits sort like the feminazis.


11 posted on 08/25/2008 5:35:53 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: zeestephen

this sounds like the same form of power exhibited by Jedi’s in Star Wars... ;)


12 posted on 08/25/2008 5:40:47 PM PDT by Hootch (Another perspective)
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To: zeestephen

With bat-eating supercell thunderstorms about, I wouldn’t sweat the wind turbines...

http://www.spc.noaa.gov/coolimg/batrad/index.html


13 posted on 08/25/2008 5:42:19 PM PDT by Strzelec
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To: boomop1

I don’t know about the “We are ruled by...” part, but they sure seem to have more influence than is prudent.


14 posted on 08/25/2008 5:43:14 PM PDT by Laptop_Ron (Jindal/Palin '12)
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To: zeestephen

We have a wond farm going up here in central Illinois. Out in the corn fields....Farmers are getting $5000 per year per wind mill...

I don’t think that there’s a live bat within miles of here...to begin with...

This is another example of the left being against anything...


15 posted on 08/25/2008 5:50:38 PM PDT by nikos1121 (The first black president of the US should be at least a "Jackie Robinson.")
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To: Laptop_Ron

I guess you are right, seems like an awful lot of left wing commies deciding what is best for us.


16 posted on 08/25/2008 6:03:40 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: zeestephen

You’re right. Those Environmentalist should go after the makers of the Wind turbines.
If they can stop the construction of a dam for guppies, or the cutting of lumber in the Northweast for an owl. What about those lovely bats that kill insects?


17 posted on 08/25/2008 6:05:16 PM PDT by Doc91678 (Doc91678)
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To: Laptop_Ron

I guess you are right, seems like an awful lot of left wing commies deciding what is best for us.


18 posted on 08/25/2008 6:08:39 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: zeestephen
Aren't those greenies a strange bunch. Windmills are one of their latest graven idols, and never mind the killing of birds and bats, bats being maybe the most prolific insect pest eater.

They worry about jets and snowmobiles causing critters' hearing loss, but who cares about the loud WHOOSH of a windmill causing hearing loss?

Can't any of them think???

19 posted on 08/25/2008 6:10:12 PM PDT by FlyVet
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To: nikos1121

Ive heard that people who live in the area of wind farms complain of a constant humming noise.


20 posted on 08/25/2008 6:42:23 PM PDT by DogBarkTree (The correct word isn't "immigrant" when what they are doing is "invading".)
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To: nikos1121
"This is another example of the left being against anything... "

I think that rather the left being against anything, it is that there are so many spoiled, malcontent, angry Americans as a product of the last two or three generations, any of them can find a favorite "cause" to protest and gripe about incessantly.

The larger problem is the MSM...a bunch of ne'er do wells who went into journalism for the sole reason of vengence on socity for have parents who never paid any attention to them.

Like little "gregorys" these pimps run from one camp to the other, hoping to spread enough venom to get the factions in a fight...thus, creating more "news"...today's journalism is a self-fulfilling prophecy...stir the nest, and then report about the nasty, aggressive killer bees.
21 posted on 08/25/2008 7:00:29 PM PDT by FrankR (Liberalism is Communism by the drink - P.J. O'Roarke)
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To: zeestephen

I was just reading an article in the WSJ about the problems that the largest manufacturer of wind turbines, located in India, is having. It seems that not only do the turbines not produce the amount of power that is claimed, the blades on the windmills are cracking and shimmying at high speeds.

Now, the fact that the largest manufacturer is located in India reminded me of Enron and the fact that Enron’s problems all began in India, when with the help of Ron Brown, Enron built natural gas fired power plants for India, when India has no natural gas available. The plants were never completed, and never paid for.

You may wonder where I’m going with all this. Well, I started to think about Enron and the connections to the Democrat Party. This led me to wonder if Enron was into wind production and if Boone Pickens and Nancy Pelosi had any connections to the former Enron Wind projects. Sure enough, Enron Wind was purchased by GE and T. Boone Pickens is heavily invested in the GE Wind Turbine Project. Then we heard that Nancy Pelosi has also invested in the projects with Pickens.

None of this really matters except that the Democrats have demonized ENRON as a Republican scam and it has never been that.It has always been tied to the Democrats.


22 posted on 08/26/2008 10:10:20 AM PDT by Eva (CHANGE- the post modern euphemism for Marxist revolution.)
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To: goldfinch
So Pelosi has invested in a bat killing venture? What did bats ever do to her?

Isn't she one of them?

23 posted on 08/26/2008 1:31:00 PM PDT by dearolddad (Like $4.00 + gas? Be sure to thank a democrap.)
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To: dearolddad

No...she is a little batty, but not a bat. Bats are useful animals. Maybe she hates sharing the sky with them when she is out on her broom late at night....


24 posted on 08/26/2008 1:48:12 PM PDT by goldfinch
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