Destroying The Environment To Soothe Mindless CO2 Neurosis

Wind power’s impact on wildlife has long been a sticking point when it comes to the renewable resource’s development. Ever since the Altamont, California turbines went up in the late 1970s, bird kills have been highlighted as the best reason to show some restraint on massive wind farms. Nothing has changed today: most recently, Minnesota-based utility Xcel Energy canceled a contract to build a 150-megawatt wind farm because of concerns over bird impacts.

The wind farm, which was to be built in southeastern North Dakota by enXco Development Corp., would have cost about $400 million and was scheduled to be completed by the end of this year. But two endangered species have scuttled the plan: the whooping crane and the piping plover. Xcel would have had to spend time and money attempting to mitigate any threats to the birds, and apparently those requirements made the project too uncertain to move forward.

http://spectrum.ieee.org/

h/t to reader Dave G

 

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4 Responses to Destroying The Environment To Soothe Mindless CO2 Neurosis

  1. Latitude says:

    Designing a dependable source of power…
    …and coming up with windmills

    Is like designing the perfect pet…
    …and coming up with a cat

    • Mike Davis says:

      I happen to be a cat companion and they go on my daily walks. They can be very entertaining and keep the rodents under control around the farm.

  2. MikeTheDenier says:

    This one’s for you Steve!!

  3. BT Harley says:

    I was blocked from linking this to my Facebook page …marked as abusive…to cranes?…WTF

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