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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Wind Turbines Prey...

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... on birds of prey.

Thousands of bats dying in turbines

To some persons, wind farms represent a way to reduce America’s dependence on various non-renewable energy resources. Still others feel that these wind farms are having an increasingly deleterious effect on various endangered animal populations, including certain species of bats, red-tailed hawks, and golden eagles. One of the most well-known wind turbine farms in the United States, located in the Diablo Mountains between San Francisco and the Central Valley, has come under increasing scrutiny due to the fact that it spans an international migratory bird route. It is estimated that close to 5,000 birds are killed annually by accidentally flying into the fiberglass blades on the massive turbines that have become noted icons of the region.

Does it seem that we gave the enviromentalists what they wanted... and they don't want it?


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