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Feds give wind farms the OK to kill eagles for 30 years!

December 6, 2013

Once again Obama takes another opportunity to trash America and kill our beloved Bald Eagles! What’s next, burning our flag?

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Feds give wind farms the OK to kill eagles for 30 years

The Obama administration has just given wind turbine operators the license to  kill birds and eagles for 30 years, a move welcomed by the wind industry but  derided by environmentalists and Republicans.

The Interior Department changed a rule that now enables the U.S. Fish and  Wildlife Service to extend the amount of time renewable energy companies can  kill migratory birds and eagles in a bid to boost green energy development. Wind  operators can now get a permit to kill birds for 30 years, up from five  years.

“Eagles symbolize America’s national heritage and deserve more protection,  not less. This rule change will make it harder to protect the remaining eagles  that San Diegans love,” said Donna Tisdale, secretary of the environmental group  Protect Our Communities Foundation.

The permitting extension would allow renewable energy companies to kill a  specified number of birds and eagles at their facilities for 30 years, but only  if those bird deaths were unintentional and if companies made efforts to  minimize avian deaths.

The Obama administration has been repeatedly criticized by the  environmentalists and Republicans for allowing wind turbine sites to kill  hundreds of thousands of birds annually with no legal punishment. In  particularly, while oil, gas and electrical companies were being heavily fined  for killing birds.

“Permits to kill eagles just seems unpatriotic, and 30 years is a long time  for some of these projects to accrue a high death rate,” said Louisiana  Republican Sen. David Vitter. “The Administration has repeatedly prosecuted oil,  gas, and other businesses for taking birds, but looks the other way when wind  farms or other renewable energy companies do the exact same thing.”

In November, the Obama administration finally  prosecuted an energy company for bird deaths at wind farms. A subsidiary of  Duke Energy agreed to pay $1 million in fines for the killing of 160 birds at  two wind farms in Wyoming.

The wind industry welcomed the administration’s decision to extend permitting  times for wind farms, saying it will protect birds and help the industry  grow.

“In summary, this permit duration change will facilitate much needed,  long-term eagle conservation efforts, while allowing wind companies to continue  to increase the amount of clean, renewable, affordable energy they supply to  American consumers,” the American Wind Energy Association said in a statement.

“If you increase the length of eagle take permits from five years to 30  years, common sense says there are going to be some effects on eagles,” said  Kelly Fuller, consultant to The Protect Our Communities Foundation and former  campaigner at the American Bird Conservancy.

“According to the [Fish and Wildlife Service’s] own Eagle Conservation Plan  Guidance, there are no proven measures that will reduce the numbers of eagles  killed once the wind turbines are installed,” she added. “This rule change is a  disaster.”

The Fish and Wildlife Service estimated that 440,000 birds are killed by wind  turbines every year in the U.S. However, that number is said to be a low-ball  estimate by independent researchers. Each year 573,000 birds and 888,000 bats  are killed by wind turbines in the U.S., according a study by K. Shawn Smallwood  that was published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin.

CREDIT TO: Michael Bastasch / The Daily Caller

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