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Study: Wind Farms Have Killed 67 Eagles in Five Years

Wind energy industry says other causes of eagle deaths much higher

September 12, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wind energy facilities have killed at least 67 golden and bald eagles in the last five years, but the figure could be much higher, according to a new scientific study by government......

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icecream

Sep-12-13 2:26 AM

Use technology to prevent Eagles from nearing the Wind farms... Anyone in the mid west and West--know the wind blows constantly! To not use this natural energy is a travesty...

Certainly, Technology has been developed to deter the Eagles from perching on these huge wind mills...

Just Do It !!!

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daWraith

Sep-12-13 5:30 AM

What technology, Iscream??

If 67 eagles were killed by fracking, there would BE no Fracking.

Wind farms are an expensive joke that only work sporadically. Take away the government subsidizes and they make no sense whatsoever.

Another GREEN DISASTER, FAIL!

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zip064

Sep-12-13 6:07 AM

another stupid liberal idea gone wrong. They are expensive, insufficient, incompetent... just like liberals.

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daWraith

Sep-12-13 7:53 AM

BTW what an AWESOME picture of an AWESOME bird.

No doubt WHY the Bald Eagle was chosen as the symbol of the USA!

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mikeyd

Sep-12-13 8:03 AM

and the coal fired power plants never killed any.

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idliketoknow

Sep-12-13 8:19 AM

"Certainly, Technology has been developed to deter the Eagles from perching on these huge wind mills..."

Uhhh, I think it has more to do with the giant spinning blades and that chopping motion they make...

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tdolan

Sep-12-13 9:19 AM

the real numbers are much worse than that, in 1 western state they have wiped out an entire bat colony

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dyingov

Sep-12-13 9:25 AM

The birds get caught in the "unnatural" wash from the rotating blades.

Icecream, do some research on how efficient these wind farms are when the temperature and electric demand (AC is all electric) are the greatest.....

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Hefner

Sep-12-13 11:03 AM

If you were to weigh the environmental cost of just building a wind farm verses the environmental return, you would find the cost far exceeds the paltry return.

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TrollSlayer

Sep-12-13 11:10 AM

The greenies go ballistic when you clear 5 acres to put in a well pad with eight quiet little “Christmas trees” on it but don't make a peep when you clear 500 acres to put in a bird-shredding, bat shredding wind farm that will produce LESS energy. The hypocrisy and idiocy are astounding.

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Intelligencest

Sep-12-13 11:30 AM

So glad to see this relevant article about bald eagles killed by windfarms, instead of irrelevant information about how dirty coal power plants are, and the cancer spike in the Ohio Valley due to pollution trapped from carbon combustion.

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true2bun

Sep-12-13 2:14 PM

It is windy in the west, however a constant wind eithin limitations is needed therefore the blades are not always turning. For those with the bright comments against traditional power generating plants it takes 8000 wind turbines to replace the traditional power plant. Alot of land. Plus ugly and noisy. I hope someday soon solar advances far enough we can turn every roof top and every paved surface into a huge collector

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UNCOMMONSENSE

Sep-12-13 8:41 PM

Perhaps Barry Obama could create a bald eagle training and re-education facility for a few billion dollars that could educate the bald eagles on how to avoid the blades

Solindra employees now have nothing to do so they could become eagle instructors

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VRWC5528

Sep-12-13 9:47 PM

Certainly, Technology has been developed to deter the Eagles from perching on these huge wind mills...>>

You are right scream. they should put up warning signs for the birds. Or maybe a sign with an eagle being chopped up by a windmill. After all, not all eagles can read but they all recognize pictures of themselves

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littlefox

Sep-12-13 10:54 PM

"Use technology to prevent Eagles from nearing the Wind farms..."

The best government research grant idea since Solyndra! Writing my proposal now! LOL

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icecream

Sep-13-13 1:00 AM

Obviously--no one, who commented has traveled the western deserts....

There is nothing on this land to clear, except rocks and sagebrush!!! Miles and miles of nothingness, but open space and rocks and old lava flows...

Do not comment unless you know what you are talking about... Eagles do not like hot arid places... They love fish, cool environment, therefore nest near rivers, streams,or fish hatcheries, in the cooler moister northern midwest and northeast..

This is not the desert southwest...

The desert southwest,( Southern Nevada--Arizona, New Mexico and Southern CA) has sunshine and wind power 325 days a year... Developed to full potential and with proper storage batteries, The desert southwest could provide enough energy for all states west of the Rockies...

We do have the technology to keep any birds from being harmed!

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dyingov

Sep-13-13 7:33 AM

iceream, Do you have ANY idea how many batteries it would require to store all that energy.

He ll WV produces more wind energy than Arizona and Nevada combined!

Maybe you need to "educate" yourself.........Good Luck!

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TrollSlayer

Sep-13-13 8:38 AM

icecream “Obviously--no one, who commented has traveled the western deserts.... There is nothing on this land to clear, except rocks and sagebrush!!! Miles and miles of nothingness, but open space and rocks and old lava flows”

icecream, obviously you are completely ignorant about desert ecology. Confidently assert to an expert there is nothing living on American deserts, and then listen to what the expert says and learn a little about the subject. Do not comment unless you know what you are talking about, indeed. LOL

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TrollSlayer

Sep-13-13 9:59 AM

icecream "We do have the technology to keep any birds from being harmed!"

We need to implement that technology right away. Then when we clearcut thousands of acres of their habitat to put in thousands of windmills they won't be harmed. Derrrrr....

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icecream

Sep-13-13 12:49 PM

Troll, I just said, we don't put windmills where we have to do any clear cutting of trees!!!

The desert does not have any trees to cut! I do have first hand knowledge of desert ecology...Most of NM, AZ, NV and SO.CA has shrubs and cacti, and yes life--but NOT EAGLE life!

Some of you are being dense to rile me...

Eagles need water and cool--this is not where I see all the apparent empty land and annual rainfall of maybe 1-3 inches. They need tall trees- near water to nest...This is not found in the SW desert

Yes we would need huge batteries--Commercial batteries... Being developed! Remember 325 days a year of nearly constant wind and sunshine...

This is not the WV I remember!!!!

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TrollSlayer

Sep-13-13 4:16 PM

icecream, well since you're an expert in desert ecology I'll accept your professional opinion that bulldozing hundreds of acres of desert to put in a windmill farm would not destroy any sensitive animal and plant habitat. Nope, nothing there but "open space and rocks." As an expert on desert ecology you need to contact the EPA and advise them of this fact so they can shut down their offices in desert states and save taxpayer dollars. Why are we paying for EPA offices in states with nothing but open space and rocks?

Derrrrrr.....

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daWraith

Sep-13-13 4:54 PM

Icescream you get the Friday 13th IDIOT of DAY award! I have lived in the Desert Southwest for 35 years and you are full of eagle guano!

The first and certainly the most famous one is the Cajon pass in Southern California near Palm Springs/Indio. THOUSANDS of birds are killed by it every year.

According to Wiki-P: The Bald Eagl range includes most of Canada and Alaska, all of the contiguous United States, and NORTHERN MEXICO. It is found near large bodies of open water with an abundant food supply and old-growth trees for nesting.

Uhh all 48 states and Alaska.

Northern Mexico is NOTHING BUT DESERT!

Note that most wind farms in the Desert Southwest are near MOUNTAIN PASSES = COLDER and OLD GROWTH TREES and lakes = PRIME EAGLE Grounds.

There is NO PROVEN technology to ward away birds. Ultrasonic generators just confuse BATS and other birds.

But keep on dreaming that you are a rocket scientist.

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1whoworks

Sep-13-13 5:12 PM

LOL carbon now causes cancer! I have heard it all now. Wind power = 3-4 time price of coal even with all of the added regulations on coal. In the BEST locations wind power has 25% or so capacity factor. Wind good part of mix of power but relying on it is foolish. The Chinese will have to tear them down when they take us over. Why make them bother?

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icecream

Sep-14-13 2:37 AM

daWraith; As usual you know how to goad my ire best! Friday 13th has proven my best day--and I have lived in the desert SW area for 45 years... I know the Cajon pass in Southern California well...It is north of Palm Springs Desert Hot Springs, Little Hemet. It is the Pass going into the Antelope Valley--Victorville, via I-15...

I have traveled that road frequently seeing the wind farms... There is no reason Wind Farms cannot be profitable... Private investors are rushing in to the wind farms and the solar fields... Remember--sun and wind are abundant natural resources in the SW desert... Sun and wind almost always a constant!

Don't talk about the amount of start up money--unless you compare the cost to building a drilling rig in the Gulf or a drilling fracking rig in WV to the cost of a wind turbine or solar field... The costs are a mute point.. All are expensive...

With energy in high demand, there is room to use all the natural resources we have!

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icecream

Sep-14-13 2:51 AM

Further more---All utilities near Eagle nesting grounds are required to install anti -electrocution devises on the poles... I find it difficult to believe that some genius scientists has not yet come up with a device to keep our eagles safe!!!

Are we not America??? Have we not invented or discovered the technology to deter our beautiful eagles from these wind turbines? Have we dumbed down our population so we can't come up with a solution???

If we have not, this should be made a top priority!

This situation is unacceptable!

Call me what you will, it is no matter to me! What matters--are Eagles and all raptors...

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