Thursday, May 06, 2010

Windmills Are Killing Our Birds: Look away!

Jack Layton, leader of the NDP has been busy fearmongering about a significant environmental issue. The oil spill in the Gulf. Does Jack share our concerns for residents in Ontario for those "Giant Fans" and top secret negotiated deals with foreign countries giving protected hydro rates for twenty years by the Ontario government? I can't find any questions about those Ontario voters showing up in Toronto. Anyone see the provincial NDP, the local, provincial, federal, global environmental "lobbyists" show up and voice any concerns?

Are the environmental groups in Canada only consumed with attacking oil from Alberta?

Where is the National Broadcaster on asking about the environmental or wildlife impact installing hundreds of Giant Fans along migratory paths in Ontario or people living close to them?

Here is our National Broadcaster on ENVIRONMENT - Oil spills. Any chance on a page for those "Giant Fans"?

Non headline news - look away.

Michael Fry of the American Bird Conservancy estimates that U.S. wind turbines kill between 75,000 and 275,000 birds per year.

The wind energy industry has been constructing and operating wind projects for almost 25 years with little state and federal oversight. They have rejected as either too costly or unproven techniques recommended by NWCC to reduce bird deaths. The wind industry ignores the expertise of state energy staff and the knowledgeable advice of Fish and Wildlife Service employees on ways to reduce or avoid bird and wildlife impacts. - The House Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans
Oversight Hearing on: “Gone with the Wind: Impacts of Wind Turbines on Birds and Bats.
Testimony of Donald Michael Fry, PhD
Director, Pesticides and Birds Program
American Bird Conservancy
May 1, 2007, Room 1324 Longworth House Office Building.

Energy Interdependence?

A July 2008 study of the wind farm at Altamont Pass, Calif., estimated that its turbines kill an average of 80 golden eagles per 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.- The Wallstreet Journal

A study conducted by the California Energy Commission showed the Altamont Pass wind turbines killbetween 1,766 and 4,721 birds each year. There are about 4,500 windturbines operating on the Altamont Pass, supplying power to about 180,000 households. Record.Net 2005


Martin said...

Rural Ontarians living beside large wind developments elicit absolutey no sympathy from the Liberal government, or from most media outside the National Post. My local paper carried the Queen's Park demonstration story on page 4 of the second section. This despite the fact that a major "wind farm" is planned next door. Protesters are potrayed as anti-progressive, climate change deniers, selfish proerty owners and worse. It is worth noting that none of the politicians and wind proponents are in favour of turbines in their neighbourhood.

CanadianSense said...

Where are the environmentalists? Where are the studies about wind in Europe, the US and why are those being ignored? What are the economic benefits of adopting those Giant Fans?