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' Wind power is far less harmful to wildlife than traditional energy sources it displaces--including to birds, and their critical habitats. It is the only energy source without population-level impacts, such as climate change-related habitat loss.'

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David C (25)
Monday February 10, 2014, 5:17 am
wind power may be less harmfull ... BUT it just simply does NOT displace or replace much, if any ...

Ruth R (246)
Monday February 10, 2014, 6:51 am
Wind is one of the cleanest forms of energy! LET'S GO WIND WITH SOLAR!

Please let's SAVE OUR WORLD -- and SAVE OUR BIRDS,
and Make Solar energy as people-friendly and earth-friendly as possible,

and Wood Wind Turbines, Wood Windmills out of bio-degrade-able materials -- with solar energy too!
To those who are helping -- THANK YOU!
Wind is one of the cleanest forms of energy! LET'S GO WIND WITH SOLAR!

Some considerations on wind:
The laws on Birds for Wind Energy are very strict -- if the wind turbines cause a certain number of the birds to die -- the companies are getting sued.

1.) If people do build wind -- so that the wind turbines are where the birds will not fly into the turbines and buildings -- then wind energy would be good -- with the other IF.

2.) If people will use some wood and recycled-material wind turbines -- please see the article on wood turbine in Inhabit -- then there are less steel and less fiberglass wind turbines. This less steel would mean less mining or using recycled metals. Less mining usually has a better impact on the earth and all that lives on earth.

3.) The less use of fiberglass would mean using an organic material such as wood or some other bio-degrade-able material.

4. Wood windmills can and would be made efficient and beautiful -- so this would help the atmosphere and the scenery.
Some consideration on Solar energy.
That we make sure that there is minimal impact on the earth and all that lives on earth, with the knowledge that no energy source is not going to have an impact on the earth.
1.) sand to silicon. 2.) the needed chemicals to make solar cells. 3.) the use of what kind of plastic--
recyc-able, biodegrade-able?

Wind is one of the cleanest forms of energy! LET'S GO WIND WITH SOLAR!
For Fun!
For vehicles of all sizes -- including iive-in and ocean going: Wind in the sidewalls, wave wheels on ships and boats, solar on the roof and plug-in, and peddle power,see-saw energy seats, WHEN THE PRICE IS RIGHT FOR THE CONSUMER I VOTE FOR -- THE EV PEDDLE POWER -- AS BACK UP -- AND A CRANK AND SEE-SAW ENERGY DIRECT INTO THE WHEELS AND HELICOPTER WINGS AS THE ROOF RACK!

Julie C (29)
Monday February 10, 2014, 6:43 pm
Even if wind will replace only a small part of our energy needs, lets use it where we can. Oregon is one of those places and we have several farms. More important we need to use less.

Sandra s (130)
Monday February 10, 2014, 8:37 pm
If they ensured the safety of migrating birds it would make a great difference.

Pat Rock (18)
Monday February 10, 2014, 9:41 pm
BATS are at high risk from wind turbines, they should always been kept in mind while planning new wind parks

Mayo U (0)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 7:21 am
I keep reading the "truth" about wind turbines that seem to be written in vague generalities of what people want to believe about them. I actually live near them and see the horrific slaughter of birds (including eagles, snowy owls and other raptors whose low productive rates cannot keep up with the kill rates). There are lots of bat carcasses to be seen, too. I see the wind company representatives look in a small area around the base of the turbines, perhaps once a week. They count the bodies found there and use those figures to show the 'small' number of birds and bats killed. The neighbors of the turbines find the bodies much further away from the radius the wind company searches. We also know that animals in the area remove and eat the fresh kill so that the once a week count does not give any true indication of the numbers killed. These numbers are increasing exponentially as more and more turbines are built, especially in the wrong places like Important Bird Areas (IBAs) on Migratory Routes, etc. If we are going to have wind power, we need to use our heads, not just the developer's pocketbook.


Reda Paley (0)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 6:30 pm
Wind turbines are erected in new places, threatening different populations of birds (and bats) than other energy sources. But even if the victims were the same, the argument that in balance wind kills fewer is easily tested: Do bird deaths go down when there is significant wind on a system? I've never seen such actual data.
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