Developing alternate sources of energy was supposed to help the environment. Now that wind energy is a viable business it’s a threat to the environment? The LA Times reports:
Federal authorities are investigating the deaths of at least six golden eagles at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Pine Tree Wind Project in the Tehachapi Mountains, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday.
So far, no wind-energy company has been prosecuted by federal wildlife authorities in connection with the death of birds protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. A prosecution in the Pine Tree case could cause some rethinking and redesigning of this booming alternative energy source. Facilities elsewhere also have been under scrutiny, according to a federal official familiar with the investigations…
The eagles — and plenty of smaller birds — get killed flying through the windturbine blades.
Does anyone remember Norman Spinrad’s “Holy War on 34th Street” about a brawl between the competing sects’ street evangelists? Maybe this news article will inspire Spinrad to write a sequel that ends with a standoff between the Department of Energy SWAT Team and the Wildlife Service.