Wind farms get pass on eagle deaths; 83,000 hunting birds killed each year

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  • Florida friend who loves Utah Interlachen, FL
    June 20, 2014 7:47 a.m.

    I know that there is an enterprising science student in BYU or Utah State that can invent a solution by redesigning the wind tower that can reduce the bird hits. The design now is very futuristic and beautiful but the housing that prevents toddlers from hurting themselves in a housefan could be used to prevent or at least reduce the number of bird hits. It may require a bit more material cost but may be worth it. I see an opportunity for an advance in science to be the answer to this problem. I believe in our bright minds out there. Get cracking.

  • Jefferson Kalispell, MT
    May 14, 2013 3:05 p.m.

    First, I am always cautious about "estimates" provided by a party with an agenda. While the wind farms may understimate, I expect the environmental groups will over-estimate. Second, the deaths are incidental rather than intentional. How many robins run into windows every year, and yes, robins are a federaly protected species under the Federal Migratory Bird Law - along with magpies, finches, warblers and almost every other bird except starlings and some sparrows. So if the bird ran into YOUR window, should YOU be charged with a federal crime? OK, so the scale is different, but if we look at the sum total of birds killed by impacts with cars, bikes, houses, airplanes and cricket bats, it exceeds the number killed by wind farms. These big wind farms are not quiet, there are lights on every tower but they are huge and the tip speed far exceeds your old Dutch windmill. Technology entails hazards - note the roadkill along the highway.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    May 14, 2013 12:35 p.m.

    To "dansimp" you are wrong. Wind power has been around for centuries. Remember those pictures of Holland, and the wind powered mills? According to historians we have had wind power since the 17th century BC.

    With 3700 years of use, why can't we make wind mills more safe? As was pointed out, the oil and gas companies did it in 100 years, what is wrong with the wind industry?

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    May 14, 2013 10:50 a.m.

    Perhaps Putting Lights Or Noise Makers On These Wind Mills Would Help?

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    May 14, 2013 10:42 a.m.

    @ Hutterite. So, 83,000 birds deaths each year are acceptable to you just so you can feel good about sticking it to those "evil" oil and coal corporations? Come on man, where are your priorities? But wait, there is always Solyndra to fall back on for your energy needs!

  • dansimp Layton, UT
    May 14, 2013 10:42 a.m.

    Lets think about this for a minute. Oil and Gas have had more than a century to work on ways to lessen or eliminate dangers to birds. Now, they are prosecuted if all other avenues fail. Wind has been around for a relatively short time. I agree with doing what can be done to figure out ways to lessen or eliminate dangers to birds. However, it makes an incredible amount of sense to not destroy the fledgling technology. Wind will be needed, solar will be needed, nuclear will be needed, hydro electricity will be needed. Whether or not you are a big fan of fossil fuels, we should be doing what we can, while we have the fossil fuels, to perfect all the other technologies.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 14, 2013 9:37 a.m.

    Let's stick with oil and coal, because we know these are infinite, cheap and do no harm.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    May 14, 2013 8:30 a.m.

    Once again the Obama administration chooses which laws it will follow and which ones it will ignore, similar to what it's done regarding illegal immigration. Not only does it choose to give a pass to it's pet projects (like this one) with respect to existing law, it even sinks deeper in allowing it's favored companies to act in secrecy and not give reports of the game and federally protected birds it has killed... that all other companies previously were required to do.

    And to think that Obama had the audacity to claim that his administration would be the most transparent in history. What a crock! And what a shame that so many voters were naive enough to believe him. Some of his minions still rationalize and try to justify his every action. And so it continues.

    We're finding out every other week about more hidden agendas and additional details kept secret from the public in the Obama administration. Obama is becoming one of the most hypocritical presidents in our country's history and may end up at the top before he's through.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    May 14, 2013 7:57 a.m.

    Acceptable collateral damage if you are a rabid environmentalist. But heaven forbid if ONE bird is killed by ingesting a piece of lead! Just another example of hypocrisy from the left!