The Obama Adminstration
for allowing 500,000 bird deaths a year
By Dina Cappiello, Associated Press, May 14, 2013
"Oil companies are prosecuted when a bird drowns in a waste pit. But the Obama administration has never fined or prosecuted a wind-energy company for similar protected bird deaths. An estimated 573,000 birds are killed by US wind farms each year.
It happens about once a month here, on the barren foothills of one of America's green-energy boomtowns: A soaring golden eagle slams into a wind farm's spinning turbine and falls, mangled and lifeless, to the ground.
Killing these iconic birds is not just an irreplaceable loss for a vulnerable species. It's also a federal crime, a charge that the Obama administration has used to prosecute oil companies when birds drown in their waste pits, and power companies when birds are electrocuted by their power lines. But the administration has never fined or prosecuted a wind-energy company, even those that flout the law repeatedly. Instead, the government is shielding the industry from liability and helping keep the scope of the deaths secret.
More than 573,000 birds are killed by the country's wind farms each year, including 83,000 hunting birds such as hawks, falcons and eagles, according to an estimate published in March in the peer-reviewed Wildlife Society Bulletin.
"What it boils down to is this: If you electrocute an eagle, that is bad, but if you chop it to pieces, that is OK," said Tim Eicher, a former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service enforcement agent based in Cody, Wyoming ..."
Allowing and condoning 500,000 bird deaths a year, caused by wind farms? Bunch of Obama Administration hypocrites! Hey, the United States of America federal government (who is supposed to represent the people, not the politicians) stop using a double standard. You want "fairness" and "equality"? Punish the wind farms for killing protected birds, the same way you punish oil and power companies for doing the same thing! Green energy my ass!
Congratulations Obama bAdminstration, for supporting the killing of 500,000 birds annually you deservedly earned this week's Stu Pitt Award!
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