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EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Part B August 21, 2015 8:00 AM
WSJ 19 August 2015, Page A9: “Obama’s Wind Energy Lobby Gets Blown Away” by Robert Bryce
What a conundrum for the Big Enviros.
The Clean Power Plan recently promulgated by EPA requires a largely wind energy response to meet its unbalanced and draconian mandates. Their plan is proffered in the name of protecting us from global warming. However, there is a huge conflict among those with severe green tendencies. Wind power kills birds…lots of birds. And not just unprotected ones. For example, a 2008 study of the Altamont Pass Wind Resources Area in northern California shows this wind generation installation kills some 60 golden eagles, 2500 raptors, and another 7000 non-raptors EACH YEAR.
EPA’s Clean Power Plan mandates some 54,000 square miles of land for new wind turbines. Folks, that’s about the size of the entire state of New York. Funny. Isn’t this the same technology that Germany mandated some years ago? The same Germany that is now realizing the economic burden of wind is too great? The same Germany that is moving away from its reliance on wind power?
How much slaughter of birds is OK? Just think of the increased carnage from 54,000 new square miles of turbines.
The EPA’s Clean Power Plan got a whack from the judiciary recently on this question. The feds were trying to get a 30-year OK to kill as many eagles as necessary to promote wind power. On August 11, a federal judge ruled in favor of the eagles in a case brought by plaintiff The American Bird Conservancy. You’d think this would put a kibosh on the wind solution to the Clean Power Plan. No doubt the EPA will move forward regardless of this ruling.
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