Posts tagged: Altamont Pass

Wind and Solar Facilities Killing Millions of Birds

The Institute of Energy Research reports on a study in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, showing every year 573,000 birds (including 83,000 raptors) and 888,000 bats are killed by wind turbines – 30 percent higher than the federal government estimated in 2009, due mainly to increasing wind power capacity across the nation. This is figure is likely […]

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Birds Die as Wind Turbine Replacement Lags

A battle that pits union jobs against the lives of thousands of birds is playing out in the scenic hills of the Altamont Pass, where a wind power company operates hundreds of turbines that environmentalists say are outdated and kill protected species. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors must decide Tuesday whether to give Altamont Winds Inc. […]

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Altamont Pass – Good for Renewable Energy, Bad for Birds

California entrepreneurs saw potential in the gusty winds that blew out at the Altamont Pass, between the Central Valley and Bay Area. By the mid-’80s, the Altamont was the country’s biggest wind farm. To many, the turbines were more than a new technology. They were symbols of hope, a sign of progress and a world […]

Is Green Energy for the Birds?

Fox News reported that the wind turbines in our many wind farms unintentionally kill an estimated 1.4 million birds and bats each year. One reason is that the blades on these installations move deceptively fast and up to 180 miles per hour. This is very deadly on our raptors that like to follow the currents […]

The accepted killing and maiming of animals in the name of Green energy

Liberals love solar and wind energy as long as the solar panels, which need considerable acreage to install and plenty of sun year around, are installed on someone else’s property.  But no progressive would agree to have the ugly, unsightly, and noisy wind mills installed in their own back yards because they would be destroying […]

US Windfarms Kill 10-20 Times More Than Previously Thought

The Obama administration is issuing 30-year permits for “taking” (killing) bald and golden eagles. The great birds will be legally slaughtered “unintentionally” by lethal wind turbines installed in their breeding territories, and in “dispersion areas” where their young congregate (e.g. Altamont Pass). By chance (if you believe in coincidences), a timely government study claims wind […]

Wind Energy Companies Seek More Bird-Friendly Turbines

While the hazards there aren’t unique, recent studies suggest up to twice as many birds are killed every year at the Altamont Wind Resource Area than previously indicated by official estimates. Independent researcher Shawn Smallwood, head of ongoing mortality surveys in the Sand Hill area and other parts of the Altamont, estimates 10,000 birds are […]

Tuesday January 7th, 2014 in , , , , , , | Comments Off on Wind Energy Companies Seek More Bird-Friendly Turbines

U.S. Lets California Kill Eagles

No one is quite sure how many eagles are killed every year by wind turbines, but a draft environmental report (pdf) by the federal government proposes for the first time that the “takings” be made legal.with permits at a wind farm in Northern California. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) plan is to issue […]