Tilting at windmills

In December 2013, the Obama administration gave the wind farm industry a 30-year pass for killing protected golden and bald eagles and whatever other species of God's winged creatures are unfortunate enough to get sucked into the irresistible vortexes created by wind turbine blades – with wingspans of almost 300 feet that can spin in excess of 150 mph at the tips. According to a 2016 article from the Audubon Society, "Wind turbines kill an estimated 140,000 to 328,000 birds each year in North America, making it the most threatening form of green energy."  The article cites efforts by which the wind turbine industry is attempting to reduce the carnage – for example, not placing wind farms on well known flight paths, painting the blades purple instead of white, trying to make them look like trees (?), utilizing bright lights, etc.  Sounds like a work in progress. In his 2010 book Power Hungry, energy expert Robert Bryce...(Read Full Post)