You may not be a champion of bats (I hope you are), but you probably know they are an important part of our ecosystem, killing tons of harmful insects each night. A single bat can eat 1000 insects an hour and a nursing mother (yes, they are mammals) can eat her weight in insects during her flight.
Although some are killed by collisions with wind turbine blades, they are more commonly killed from air pressure changes in their tiny bodies caused by the blades. This is similar to bends in a deep sea diver caused by sudden pressure changes. The bat explodes from the inside and dies a horrible death without an obvious external injury.
Added to the problem is that many are being impacted by a fungal infection and most mother bats give birth to only one bat pup a year. Fewer bats and birds means more insects, more insecticides and higher costs in raising food.
Although wind farms have been around for decades, the problem with wind power is that although wind is free, the turbines are expensive to build and maintain. They don’t work when there is no wind blowing—or when the wind is blowing too hard.
Of course, politicians love wind power. And passing the expense on to the rest of us.
According to Thomas Pyle, president of The Institute for Energy Research
"Despite being propped up by government mandates and billion-dollar subsidies for decades, wind power continues to be an expensive and boutique energy source that the American people cannot rely on for power when they need it. Although lobbyists for the wind industry prefer to downplay the real costs of wind power, Dr. Giberson has produced a fact-based study that demonstrates just how expensive it really is." Source
Among the hundreds of thousands of birds being slaughtered by wind farms every year is the bald eagle, our national symbol, and other protected species.
The bald eagle was put on the endangered species list in the early '70s, but during the next 30 years it was able to recover.
However, in December the administration agreed to allow wind farms to get permits to kill or injure the bald eagle for up to thirty years without penalty. The previous limit was five years. Source: PBS
Why has the government allowed a timber industry to be virtually destroyed by the spotted owl?
And the snail darter and kangaroo rat to stop water and agriculture projects?
And the desert tortoise to prevent cattle from grazing on public land?
And water diverted from farmlands in California into the ocean to protect the three inch delta smelt?
But no protection for hundreds of thousands of birds and bats being slaughtered by wind farms?
I’m just asking.