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Duck Hunters Oppose Wind Farm Because it Kills Ducks (Daily Show Video)

Duck Hunters Oppose Wind Farm Because it Kills Ducks (Daily Show Video)

 

Written by Brian Merchant, a Treehugger blogger.

Yes, wind turbines kill birds. But only a very small number of them, and scientists are hard at work to further improve technology that might prevent these deaths in the future. Cats and sport hunters kill many more birds every year than do wind turbines — which is why this Daily Show bit about duck hunters fighting a proposed wind farm on the grounds that it will kill ducks is particularly amusing:

 

The spot is funny because of the rampant absurdity, of course, but it also goes a length towards exposing the NIMBY-ism that’s truly behind the resistance to the wind farms — not concern over the birds.

It’s also worth pointing out that while it might seem funny to mock the conservation impulses of hunters, this is an area where we should be trying to be a little more empathetic. A couple weeks ago, I noted that the Tea Party-led GOP’s full-bore assault on the environment was pissing off legions of sport hunters and fishers, a traditionally conservative voting bloc. And while there may appear to be some dissonance inherent in the conservation instincts of those who want to preserve wildlife so they can shoot it, it’s a more nuanced situation than that — these folks have genuinely good intentions, and justifiably believe they can sustainably hunt and fish while respecting the environment.

That said, their argument against wind turbines is Grade A bunk.

This post was originally published by Treehugger.

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3:34PM PST on Feb 26, 2012

I wish all those duck hunter leave Michigan and go to Massachusetts to lobby to get prostitution
legalize in that state and go duck hunting there. They could make duck hunting sexy in Massachusetts if they lobby to get prostitution legalized in that stat.

4:41AM PST on Dec 18, 2011

Hunters make me want to throw up.

4:41AM PST on Dec 18, 2011

Use solar Not wind. I am definately NOT an animal killer.

4:39AM PST on Dec 18, 2011

Birds are defenseless. You are cowards with weapons.

5:23AM PST on Dec 2, 2011

Anything humans do is destroying animals - energy producing elements are amongst the worse. Oil spills spring to mind. Are the duck hunters opposing oil production?

10:14AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

Can they not hear themselves??

9:32AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

Teresa-R U speaking up for bats, eagles, migratory song birds, butterflies? I got thank you notes from some non-hunting bird clubs----- Like song birds--Somebody was to take the lead on this problem-The BLM is very concerned about slaughter of all types of flying species

8:57AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

The hunters don't want any competitors...

8:57AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

quack

10:09AM PST on Nov 13, 2011

I forgot to say that the wind farms are destroying the butterfly migrations, California Condors, bats, eagles, song birds. The state of California is trying to do something about this-and wind farmers call department of Fish and Game anti-environmental-but the forst rangers and fish and game officers go out and collect the bodies of the murder victims. Wind turbines are in narrow mountain passes that are migratory paths for butterflies, bats, ducks, condors, song birds, etc. CUT YOUR ELECTRIC USE IF YOU REALLY CARE-SUPPORT YOUR FISH AND GAME-BETTER YET GO TO THE PALM SPRINGS WIND FARM AND COUNT MURDER VICTIMS. I LOVE BATS AND BUTTERFLIES-THEY HELP FARMERS PUT FOOD ON MY TABLE

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