Wind Power: Yes; Killing Eagles: No

Conservation and industry groups had agreed to a more moderate policy that would consider the populations of eagles, a migratory bird, on a regional basis in setting research-based mortality limits.

That strikes us as a rational approach that would temper continued wind energy development with conservation of eagle populations in particular areas.

But that’s not the approach being pursued by the administration.

The rule change announced by the Obama administration earlier this month would allow the companies to kill eagles, protected by federal migratory bird laws, without fear of prosecution. In a symbolic nod to conservation, the wind farms would be obligated to submit plans about how they’d conserve birds.

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