Wind millions are a bad mix for migrating birds, ask our bald eagles.
Every form of energy has environmental impacts.There are not large
cities on the windy plains of Wyoming where wind farms make some sense. Likewise
in large swaths of the southwest desert where solar generation makes sense. So
in addition to the direct environment impacts of wind mills (bird and bat
deaths) and covering large areas of the desert with solar panels, there is also
the need to run high voltage transmission lines for long distances to where the
power is needed.In contrast, nuclear, natural gas, and clean coal
generation plants can be built much closer to where the demand is.To
get an accurate picture of the true environment impacts of various energy
sources, a full cost / benefit analysis needs to be done.
If transmission lines are a problem for the grouse... what about windmills?If they tend to run into stationary wires, I bet arrays of large
spinning blades would be a real problem for birds like grouse.
I like electricity.