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Groups Debunk Myths About Wind Power's Impact on Wildlife

Environment  (tags: wind power, harm to wildlife, energy, environment, wildlife, protection, ecosystems )

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Wind energy has the lowest environmental impacts of any source of electricity generation, with modern wind power plants collectively being far less harmful to birds than radio towers, tall buildings, and numerous other human-made objects.

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Larry Lorusso (0)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 9:02 am
I'm assuming the impacts are being based solely on wildlife impacts with objects. Additional impacts to wildlife must include the disruption to the environment from installing industrial wind turbines. Here in the mountainous areas of New England the projects start with thousands of trees being cut and shredded, along with blasting and the elimination of swamps and wetlands in pristine watersheds. While not mountaintop removal, certainly alteration on a huge scale and tons of fill brought in to smooth the ridges making for impermeable surfaces where water is no longer held back. The result is wildlife habitat being changed that is no longer suitable for the inhabitants, the noise made by the turbines being a major disturbance.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 1:38 pm
Even if this is at this point just a discussion, I am really glad to see it. I am really tired of fossil fuels millionaires dumping on wind energy.

ewoud k (68)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 1:47 pm
The choice is difficult to make with on the one hand scientists who state that solar energy, not wind energy is the only viable solution (after some more , cost full research of course), and on the other hand scientists why state that wind energy, and not solar energy, is the only solution (research needed of course).

What we know for sure is that:
a) we'll need energy
b) we can't go on using fossil energy (oil, gas, coal) if we want to keep carbon-emissions low
c) we can't go on investing in nuclear energy as the long-term risks are too high, uranium is not an endless source, and research to make nuclear energy more efficient and less risky is far too expensive

d) we must find a way to exploit solar energy AND wind energy, as well as the energy "hidden" in currents, both in oceans and in rivers.

Let's concentrate on these renewable forms of energy, and try to lower the impact, knowing that "impact zero" doesn't exist.

Thanks Cal!

Karen Ryan (42)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 1:51 pm
We need energy; there is no way around that. What we need to concentrate on is analyzing each individual area and finding the means of energy generation that will have the least impact on that area. There is no one size fits all solution.

Victoria Oakey (124)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 3:00 pm
Noted. Thank you.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 3:45 pm
I'm so glad that they kill LESS birds and bats than other human impediments! I guess that makes the number they do kill alright.
In Pennsylvania, as Larry L, mentions we have an increasing number of wind farms with clear-cutting, machinery, run-off into streams and tributaries, elevated noise levels, and habitat destruction.
I have no objection to wind power per se, but in our zeal to go *green* we're putting the horse before the cart. Develop the technologies first ~ the negligible amount of power we're now able to derive from turbines is in no way worth the damage being done.

Larry Lorusso (0)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 4:09 pm
First, plug the leaks! There is so many things wasted and reducing the demand is the first and simplest of the things we can do. Of course that doesn't support the business model of the corporations. Electricity demand is the least of fossil fuel use, transportation and heating use much more. Why aren't all new structures built to be energy efficient? In Yankee New England they built Saltboxes and faced them South. To me public subsidies should go the residential, local community scaled energy systems. Then people will become more independent and less need for transmission infrastructure. it's time we all become accountable for our use of all resources.

. (0)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 5:32 pm
Good for them! Thanks for sharing, Cal.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 9:00 pm
Thank you for sharing the news.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 9:24 pm

John B (185)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 10:25 pm
Thanks Cal for the link to the great article by Mr. Anderson. Kudos to the wind industry's for working closely with environmental groups to address this issue. Wind energy is going to be a big part the energy producing future. Read and noted.

Athena F (131)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 2:05 am
Thank you for this!

Mayo U (0)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 7:12 am
Wind power companies typically look for dead birds in a 50m radius of a wind turbine tower. In actuality (from one who lives near a wind turbine installation) many more birds and bats are found dead outside that radius. As wind turbines proliferate, more and more birds and bats will be killed, including species whose birthrates cannot keep up with the kill rate. Female bats have one offspring per year. Owls (like the snowy owl we found dead on the ground near a turbine) may not mate/produce any offspring in years where food is not plentiful. This applies to other raptors, too. These are the species killed by wind turbines. Some myths need studies where things are happening to be debunked

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday January 24, 2014, 4:27 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting this info, Cal.
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