Posts tagged: Altamont Pass

Wind Energy Gets Away With Murder

A paper published in the Journal of Raptor Research by Fish and Wildlife researchers really hit a nerve when it reported that wind energy facilities have killed at least 67 golden and bald eagles in the last five years. Because companies report eagle deaths voluntarily, the scientists said their figure is greatly underestimated. “It is […]

Wind Energy Gets Away With Murder

So the Interior Department can be forgiven for never fining or prosecuting a wind-energy company that repeatedly kills eagles. And we taxpayers can be forgiven for subsidizing them to the tune of a billion dollars a year. According to an estimate published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin in March almost 600,000 birds are killed by […]

Big Green Helps Big Wind Hide Butchery

It uses tons of fossil fuels every day, emits a greenhouse gas that’s like CO2 on steroids, can’t do the job it’s made for, costs taxpayers exorbitant fees, and makes the federal government look mentally ill for giving it outrageous subsidies. It also chops up birds, bats and scenery with roads and monstrous 400-foot-tall machines. […]

Thousands of Birds Paying a High Price for Green Energy

Wind turbines do kill birds. Even their most passionate advocates concede that. They argue that (a) if turbines are placed appropriately only an extremely small number of birds are killed and (b) these deaths can be compensated by saving other birds elsewhere. It stands to reason that if you build a wind turbine in a […]

Eagles in the Wind Turbines

Altamont Pass was built in the 1970s and has about 5,000 relatively small wind turbines, compared to more modern wind turbines with fan blades as long as 300 feet. Novosak said that between 2005 and 2010 it is estimated anywhere from 55 to 94 golden eagles were killed each year, as well as upwards of […]

Altamont Pass turbines kill fewer birds

A new study suggests that the number of eagles, kestrels, burrowing owls and red-tailed hawks killed at Altamont each year has fallen roughly 50 percent since 2005. Reaching that level has been a long-term goal of local environmentalists and government officials, as well as the energy companies running turbines in the pass. “We’re pretty pleased […]

Birds at Risk from Wind Power in Indiana

Indiana is home to one of the world’s single largest concentrations of wind turbines. But all of those giant rotors — about 700 standing among the corn and soybeans along I-65 in Benton County — do more than harness energy from the wind. They also can kill birds. “During migration, birds are traveling long distances, […]

Feds Look the Other Way as Wind Farms Kill Birds

Lights left on during a foggy night last year at a West Virginia wind farm are thought to be behind the grizzly deaths of nearly 500 songbirds. It was the third time it happened — and each time, the federal government looked the other way. Fast forward to last week. Following the deaths of a […]

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