IMPACTS OF WIND TURBINES ON WILDLIFE
"Noise does not have to be loud to have negative effects..For birds, bats, and other wildlife, the effects may be more profound."
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Summary of Recent Research on Adverse Health Effects of Wind Turbines
20 October 2009
Compiled by Keith Stelling, MA, MNIMH, Dip Phyt, MCPP (England)
With additional files from Carmen Krogh, BScPharm
"Reinforcing this body of knowledge is the research that has been conducted on animals. Long term studies by European biologists indicate that habitat disturbance and abandonment takes place around wind turbine developments. Further research on animals indicates that basic survival functions such as hunting, self protection and reproduction are interrupted by low frequency noise exposure."
FAQ-Impact on Wildlife
compiled by National Wind Watch
Feds look other way as wind farms kill birds -- but haul oil and gas firms to court
The wind sector has had an exemption from prosecution under two of America’s oldest wildlife-protection laws: the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Eagle Protection Act. A violation of
either law could result in a fine up to $250,000 or two years imprisonment. To date, the Obama administration -- following in the footsteps of the George W. Bush administration – has not
prosecuted a single case against the wind industry. What they have done is gone after oil and natural gas providers for similar infractions.
Seattle Audubon Society - What are the impacts of noise from wind turbines on birds, bats and other wildlife?
Be Gone With the Wind
Why subsidize an industry that kills millions of birds and has no
The subsidies directed toward wind dwarf the subsidies of
other energy sectors. Robert Bryce, energy analyst for the Manhattan Institute
and an NRO contributor, reports that subsidies to wind are “at least twelve
times greater than those provided to the oil and gas sector and 6.5 times
greater than those provided to the nuclear industry,” on a
Then there is the carnage inflicted on Mother Nature. Paul Driessen reported in the Washington Times that “the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that wind turbines kill 440,000 bald and golden eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, cranes, egrets, geese, and other birds every year in the U.S., along with countless insect-eating bats.” The actual numbers are probably far higher. The turbine blades of the nation’s 39,000 windmills move at 100 to 200 miles per hour and can mow down anything that gets in their path.
Over the past 25 years, an estimated 2,300 golden eagles have been killed by turbines at Altamont Pass, Calif., alone, leading to an 80 percent drop in the golden-eagle population of southern California.
Wind farms vs wildlife
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