Smithsonian Describes Wind Farms As “Bird Death Traps”

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31 Responses to Smithsonian Describes Wind Farms As “Bird Death Traps”

  1. AndyG55 says:

    It really is totally DISGUSTING that no-one is held to account for this slaughter.

    If they faced the same penalties as other do for intentionally killing endangered species, most of the operators would be in gaol, and most of the companies would be bankrupt.

  2. Old Goat says:

    Not content with merely butchering birds in flight, the “environmentalists”, are quite happy, it would seem, to roast them alive, too, with their vast solar arrays.

  3. Byron says:

    I thought that was the whole point of the eco-crucifixes ? A form of ritualised blood sacrifice plus a penance charged on Human’s electricity supply to avert Gaia’s wrath . Someone once told Me that they are supposed to generate electricity but that’s obviously a joke because no-one but an idiot would expect to generate a reliable and consistent electricity supply from something as fickle as the wind .

  4. richard says:

    The fossil fuel life of a wind turbine.

    Windpower relies on fossil fuels from the cradle to the grave. Products from oil make up parts for the windturbines, fossil fuel power is used in the construction. Fossil fuels are used in transportation to the site, fossil fuels are used in preparing the site, cutting down trees and roads to the site. Fossil fuels are used in the transportation of 800 tons of concrete for the foundations of every windturbine. Once erected fossil fuels are used as back up when they are not spinning, when they are not spinning the windtubines need aux power to maintain all systems on the windturine and slowly spin the turbine to stop it seizing and freezing in the cold, to turn the nacelle to stop the wires tangling. Fossil fuels are used for lubrication of gearboxes – which have leaked and caused pollution of soil and rivers. Fossil fuels are used to bring transport to the windturbine for maintenance and for cleaning , cleaning liquids that leach into the soil. Finally at the end of its life fossil fuels are used for the dismantling of the turbine.

    Oh and they shred bats and birds.

  5. Rose Eveleth is the shirt-complaining woman.

  6. SxyxS says:

    Can someone tell me wether it is possible to install
    a fake eagle-hawks or something in front and rear of a windturbine
    to make birds stay away from them
    just like stickers from eagle/hawk silhouettes are used on huge windows to keep birds
    away from flying into them.

  7. norilsk says:

    At the NextEra wind project here in Haldimand County, Ontario, the bats are being obliterated at a rate of 24.99//turbine/year. The raptors are being slaughtered at a rate of .28/turbine/year. Both of these exceed government thresholds. We call the company NextTerror. They even got a permit to cut down a tree with a an eagle’s nest instead of cancelling one of their blood-sucking wind turbines.

  8. gator69 says:

    Did they tie McKibben up? Or just give him something shiny?

  9. Steve Case says:

    Oh oh, looks like The Smithsonian needs a new editor at the helm.

  10. 1957chev says:

    The bird/bat deaths will be blamed on the “Nocebo effect”, just like the human health problems caused by the wind turbines. The cyclical, unrelenting noise & infrasound, are torturing people, but wind pushers claim, “it’s all in their heads”. Wind weasels are disgusting creatures, no matter how you look at it!

    • Gail Combs says:

      It is in their heads, the sound torturing them that is….

      I suggest we set up tents surrounded by 12 foot high chain link topped by Concertina wire at several of the wind tubrine farms and install Al Gore, Maurice Strong, weepy Bill, Hoping forBraing and the rest of the ecofanatics for five months to do an ACCURATE count of bird and bat deaths and as a study on the noise vs health.

      Those who still endorse WInd turbines get to spend the next Spring Summer Fall doing counts.

  11. Hugh K says:

    Maybe The Audubon Society will join The Smithsonian in drawing attention to these bird death traps. No sign of that now – just the opposite. Birds take a back seat to PC ‘Climate Change’.

    All I could find related at to ‘wind energy’ on Audubon’s site –
    ‘The Future’ – The effects of climate change are already being seen, and they pose profound challenges to conservation. How our nation and other nations respond to the unfolding impacts of temperature rise coupled with our boundless appetite for energy will shape the legacy we leave for future generations.

    On same page under ‘Green Energy’ tab: “Alternative sources, like wind and solar, will help meet growing demands for energy with less environmental impact. Audubon can ensure that we get green energy right, by locating wind farms in places with a substantial human footprint, where they will have less impact on birds and wildlife.”

    • R. Shearer says:

      They always divert attention to cats and windows, but I never saw a cat mess with a hawk or eagle and I’ve never seen a hawk or eagle fly into a picture window.

      • Mark Luhman says:

        I do know hawk and eagle will mess with cats, a cat of the wrong size will end up as lunch for a hawk or and eagle. Since eagles can take Jack Rabbits most domestic cats has no chance, if and eagle figures a cat is going to be its lunch the best the cat can do is hide, but most of the time the cat won’t even know it on the menu before it to late. Such is nature.

        • gator69 says:

          You don’t see outdoor house cats out here. Between the eagles, hawks, coyotes, bobcats and occasional cougar, they don’t stand a chance. One more reason I don’t miss the city.

      • Byron says:

        As Our cats are well socialized with Our game bantams They will mess with hawks when the hawks start bothering the bantams but they certainly wouldn’t bother with one for a snack when there’s rabbits , rats and mice available .

    • AndyG55 says:

      The effects of climate change AGENDA are already being seen, and they pose profound challenges to conservation, especially avian.

      I wonder how many species of bird we have lost, made extinct, by these slice and dice monstrosities so far ?

      • Hugh K says:

        It’s mind-blowing that the Audubon Society is perfectly OK with these Condor Cuisinarts.
        Just one example – A 2008 study of the wind farm at Altamont Pass, California estimated that its turbines kill an average of 80 Golden Eagles/year. The study, funded by the Alameda County Community Development Agency, also estimated that about 10,000 birds—nearly all protected by the migratory bird act—are being whacked every year at Altamont.
        That is a staggering number for just one site. Audubon yawns…

  12. smamarver says:

    I don’t know much about the birds that are killed by those wind farms, but I’m sure that these last ones are a green source of energy. As for the off-shore wind parks, like this one, they seem to be “responsible” for some mild winters, especially in Northern Europe.

  13. Daxx Terry Green says:

    As I understand it, both cats and building strikes kill far more birds than wind mills. I believe that we will find ways to reduce wind mill bird strikes in the near future. It’s true that fossil fuels have built this country including every single wind mill but just like the horse and buggy, they too are going away and we have to find new sources of power. Solar is very cheap now and getting far cheaper every year. Solar employs more people than the coal industry now.

  14. Ken says:

    Whoa, go to the Smithsonian article and read the comments. The level of ignorance about wind turbines is astounding. There are people out there that do not know what a poor solution wind turbines are. If CO2 were actually the big bad climate heater, wind turbines would still be a terrible alternative to fossil fuels, even if they did not put so much as a bruise on a single bat or bird in a year.

  15. Alterra Penguin says:

    The blades of dead – its so magestic that fails… ‘everyone’.

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