Obama to allow wind farms to kill bald eagles

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Barack Obama is no friend to the environment.  When he first came into office he seriously considered doing away with the ban on whaling until the public starting screaming at even the whisper of such an irresponsible, cruel act.  Then he decided to take wolves off the endangered species list and allow open season on them in some Northwest states.  He is seriously considering allowing fracking and his most recent assault on the environment involves a free pass for wind energy companies to kill bald and golden eagles.  As a president who cares for the environment, he is running neck and neck with his predecessor.

The Obama administration said today it will allow some companies to kill or injure bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years without penalty, in an effort to spur development and investment in green energy while balancing its environmental consequences. The change, requested by the wind energy industry, will provide legal protection for wind energy companies that obtain a permit and make efforts to avoid killing the birds. Companies would have to commit to take additional measures if they kill or injure more eagles than they have estimated they would, or if new information suggests that eagle populations are being affected. The permits would be reviewed every five years, and companies would have to submit reports of how many eagles they kill.

An investigation by the AP earlier this year documented the illegal killing of eagles around wind farms, the Obama administration’s reluctance to prosecute such cases, and its willingness to help keep the scope of the eagle deaths secret. The White House has championed wind power, a pollution-free energy intended to ease global warming, as a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s energy plan. Wind farms are clusters of turbines as tall as 30-story buildings, with spinning rotors as wide as a passenger jet’s wingspan. Though the blades appear to move slowly, they can reach speeds of up to 170mph at the tips, creating tornado-like vortexes. Flying eagles don’t look up; as they scan below for food, they don’t notice the industrial turbine blades until it’s too late.

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2 Responses to Obama to allow wind farms to kill bald eagles

  1. James Smith Reply

    December 6, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    You’re pointing out another of the serious failings I see in the Obama administration. I keep telling the Republicans they are diluting their message and destroying their credibility by whining about the “birther”BS.

    There are plenty of genuine issues they could bring up that would do some serious good for their position. Instead, they toss out juvenile insults like “Obummer” and “Obamabots” while ignoring things that could help them next time around.

    They can’t complain about his environmental stance, that’s exactly the approach they would take. Just one more reason I say, BHO could be the chosen successor to “W”.

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      December 6, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      James when it comes to the environment I agree that BHO could be the chosen successor of “W.”

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