Update: December 6, 2013
Yesterday’s Casper Star Tribune had this:
And another source:
The answer to the number of dead eagles (not including dead bats and other “non-protected” birds) is 36 to 64 estimate for the first 500 turbines. Of course, it’s very unlikely the number will actually be that low. That’s the number of carcasses people will actually be told about. There will be more–many more. In addition, putting up the towers destroys the open spaces the eagles hunt in. Of course, wind companies don’t care at all about the environment–just get those subsidies and rake in the cash. Dead eagles–too bad.
The permits are interesting–they merely make legal what is now illegal. We need the turbines to “save the planet”–a complete lie in that the turbines pillage the landscape, destroy habitat, kill raptors and yield useless, part-time energy. The eagles will die regardless of permitting. I doubt permits are issued to oil companies and refineries. Clearly, these are a “get-out-of-jail-free” card for wind energy. Imagine if we did the same for say, homicide. If you are terminally ill or very old and would die in jail anyway, we just give you a tongue-lashing and that’s it. I mean, what would the point be of jailing someone who is sick or old? It costs taxpayers a lot, often for a few weeks in jail, assuming the killer lives long enough to go to trial. So let’s just give them a pass. After all, we can’t stop homicides. They happen every day. We should not be so black and white about these things. Plus, there would be more room in jail for younger killers who might kill again. It’s all the same rational as wind companies–well, the birds are going to die anyway and we have to save the planet from climate change that is due to CO2 so let’s kill a bunch of protected birds and claim it’s for the good of society. Better yet, let’s just let everyone kill whatever birds they want. Rancher’s cattle are killed by eagles. So are elk. Since the ranchers are necessary to meat production and the elk for hunting and tourists, they should be allowed to take whatever stands in the way of their livelihoods. Condors are now expendable. Millions spent to save them and now we cuisinart them in the name of saving the planet. Expect in the near future all the work of true conservationists to be plowed under by environmentalists. Please, STOP “SAVING THE PLANET”. YOU’RE KILLING IT.
This answers the question to how many eagles will die so Anschutz make billions more in federal monies which pillaging the Wyoming landscape. Note that he cleverly calls it Power Company of Wyoming –It should be “Colorado Billionaire Power” company. Wind energy is NOT about small companies that “care”. (For those of you who wish to avoid any support of Anschutz, he has a charity called “Foundation for a Better Life” that pretends to care about the people whose environment his is pillaging for his own benefit. I have found that very rich oil people decide if they are charitable, no one will notice the fact that they are billionaires and millionaires because of oil. They can claim to care while retaining all the money they made in oil. It’s smoke and mirrors and completely dishonest. I find it deplorable. If you’re going to “save the planet” from oil, get rid of every dime you made from it, or we will call you a hypocrite, because you are.)
November 24, 2013
Today in our paper, there was an article on Duke Energy being fined for killing golden eagles:
This is especially interesting to me since I can see the turbines from the road to my house (they are nearly 10 miles away but there is a gate that leads into one of the wind plants at the end of my road). I can also see eagles and other raptors (there was a kestrel in my trees about 3 days ago) riding the updrafts and hunting all around my place and every other open area. Duke put up 176 turbines in an area where one can see raptors hunting most of the winter. They admit they knew this when they put in the turbines–translation: Duke Energy willfully installed turbines knowing eagles and other protected birds would die and probably in large numbers. This is why I continually write letters to our paper pointing out there is no evidence that wind companies actually care about bird deaths unless they are fined and their misdeeds reported.
Whether or not $1 million is enough to actually deter Duke Energy remains to be seen. Duke “loaned” ten times amount that to the DNC then just wrote it off. This may just be a slap on the wrist. Hopefully, that slap will lead to more such slaps and the cost will become prohibitive. In addition, the public will see that wind companiesvcould not care unless forced to. They are no different than those “evil” oil companies.
Most interesting was this: “The company did take steps to minimize avian deaths once the respective project came on line and the number of birds killed climbed”. Does that mean that the methods employed only made things worse? If so, wind companies need to do much more research on their “mitigation” planning. Or does it mean that once the turbines started turning, the birds started dropping? I really could not tell.
There is a proposal to put 1000 turbines near Rawlins, Wyoming out on the open prairie. This is over 5 times the number of turbines near Glenrock. How many eagles will die as a result of such an installation? Will the owners be fined if the turbines kill eagles? There are take permits planned, but those only allow for around 5% of the population in the area. I doubt that number will cover the dead eagles in just that one facility, should it actually be built.
The pictures below are of the gate, the turbines as seen from near my house (barbed wire in front of photo) and turbines taken closer to Glenrock. The turbines line the horizon for miles.