The below from the Daily Caller is a must read:
Writing in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, Robert Bryce described the toll that the nation’s burgeoning wind farms have taken on endangered birds. At one site alone — Altamont in Alameda County, California — 2,400 raptors, including 70 golden eagles, have been killed by the giant whirling blades. In 2009 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated the national death toll from wind turbines at 440,000 birds that year alone.
That seems like a lot of birds, particularly for those of us in the Pacific Northwest, where a once-vibrant timber economy has been devastated in a failing effort to save the spotted owl. Of course, we’re losing a lot of birds to wind farms as well. One 2010 estimate put the annual death toll in Oregon and Washington at 6,500 birds and 3,000 bats, but that seems low if the Fish and Wildlife estimate is correct.
But whatever the number, there is no controversy that birds, including birds listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, are being killed in significant numbers by the wind turbines. Though there is concern among environmentalists and government officials alike, thus far these bird kills have been accepted as a cost of advancing alternative energy.
I’ve got to imagine that, for an unemployed logger in rural Oregon or the owner of a shuttered lumber bill, there is something not quite right about this picture.
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Americans for Limited Government (ALG) today announced the launching of SaveTheBarredOwl.com, a website devoted to exposing the harm done by federal government regulations designed to “help” the environment.
The website is inspired by the case of the Barred Owl, which has been given the federal government death penalty due to its rudely sharing the habitat with the “sacred” Spotted Owl.
“The federal government has wiped out almost the entire timber industry in the northwestern United States in an effort to save the spotted owl only to discover that the endangered owl thrives in land where timbering occurs. Now, years later, the federal government is back trying to wipe out the Barred Owl so it won’t compete for food with the favored Spotted Owl.”
Young and old alike will remember the Barred Owl, which was used as the model in the federal government’s beloved “Give a Hoot, Don’t Pollute” campaign. In homage to this government advertising effort, Americans for Limited Government has named its Barred Owl campaign, “Give a Hoot, Don’t Shoot!”
Woodsy the Owl has become Obama's Public Enemy Number 1
By Rebekah Rast — A 1-pound bird attributed to the demise of the logging industry some 20 years ago in the northwest part of the country is back in the news.
The bird is the northern spotted owl, an endangered species, which is still struggling to survive, despite huge federal government interventions.
The latest plan by President Obama is to shoot barred owls, a rival bird that has dominated its smaller counterpart.
This must be one special bird — worth killing another bird over and an entire industry that was once vital to this country as well as the thousands of jobs that went along with it.