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Federal turbine subsidies are killing thousands of rare birds!

At the present time, wind turbines are not an economical way to create energy. They only exist because of Federal subsidies and mandates from states like California. Besides ruining the landscape, these taxpayer subsidized turbines are wiping out birds from rare Eagles to exotic Owls.

According the Wall Street Journal the Obama administration is showing extreme hypocrisy when it comes to the application of bird protection laws. Energy companies have been fined millions of dollars in fines for Eagles that died flying into power lines.

From Wall Street Journal…

Over the past two decades, the federal government has prosecuted hundreds of cases against oil and gas producers and electricity producers for violating some of America’s oldest wildlife-protection laws: the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Eagle Protection Act.

But the Obama administration—like the Bush administration before it—has never prosecuted the wind industry despite myriad examples of widespread, unpermitted bird kills by turbines. A violation of either law can result in a fine of up to $250,000 and imprisonment for two years…

Last June, the Los Angeles Times reported that about 70 golden eagles are being killed per year by the wind turbines at Altamont Pass, about 20 miles east of Oakland, Calif. A 2008 study funded by the Alameda County Community Development Agency estimated that about 2,400 raptors, including burrowing owls, American kestrels, and red-tailed hawks—as well as about 7,500 other birds, nearly all of which are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act—are being killed every year by the turbines at Altamont.

…Bats are getting whacked, too. The Pennsylvania Game Commission estimates that wind turbines killed more than 10,000 bats in the state in 2010.