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Are green energy sources like solar power and wind power good for the environment?

Green energy harms wildlife, especially birds

Green energy harms wildlife, especially birds

Investors Business Daily explains how green energy hurts birds, even rare, endangered species of birds.

Excerpt:

What do you call an energy source that consumes vast tracks of open land and fries birds that cross its path? If you’re the president, you call it “safe,” “reliable,” “green” and worthy of massive taxpayer subsidies.

That, at least, is the case with the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station that covers a vast area of desert outside Las Vegas and, thanks to the generous support of the Obama administration, has officially opened.

The plant points hundreds of thousands of mirrors at three towers to boil turbine-spinning water. But the heat rays aren’t very friendly to the area’s birds, including falcons, hawks, warblers and sparrows that have shown up dead near the towers.

One of the inconvenient truths that global warming fanatics and renewable energy purists try to ignore is that wind and solar energy are not so environmentally friendly. At least, not if you care about wildlife and land preservation.

First, these energy sources are massive land hogs. Ivanpah requires more than 5 square miles of mirrors to produce enough electricity to light 140,000 homes. It would take roughly 3,600 Ivanpahs to supply all the country’s electricity needs, with mirrors covering New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island and a chunk of Massachusetts combined.

Wind power is hardly much better. According to the Nature Conservancy, it takes 30 times the land for windmills to produce as much electricity as a nuclear power plant.

And their turbines amount to bird Cuisinarts. To keep wind farms spinning, the Obama administration recently issued permits letting them kill protected bald and golden eagles for 30 years, provided they take some steps to mitigate the slaughter.

People who friend me on Facebook know that I love birds very much and I keep them as pets – they are my favorite animal. So this just gives me another reason to be disgusted with the policies of the secular left. When you add this wholesale slaughter of birds to the fact that we could be creating many more new jobs by investing in traditional sources of energy at home, it makes me even more angry.

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2 Responses

  1. J.W. Wartick says:

    Do you think there is any middle ground to be had with a possible use of traditional and non traditional energy sources? One a relative of mine mentioned was a way to harness the tides for energy. I agree regarding wind power… It’s sad that so many birds at wbeing killed by it. Sorry for any typos… I’m on mobile

  2. There is no such thing as clean energy. Windmills use tons of copper, steel and concrete. Who is going to clean that stuff up in a few years when those things become obsolete?

    In my home state of Minnesota, a big mining company is currently jumping through the hoops so they can start a huge open pit copper mine on national forest land, next to the BWCA. Several other mining companies are lined up behind them, waiting their turn. There is no stopping them.
    Ethanol, subsidized by tax payers is responsible for the destruction of thousands of acres of grasslands and forest.

    When they talk about “green energy” the green they mean is money. They don’t care about anything else.

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