Playing favorites

On Dec. 9, the administration finalized a regulation allowing wind energy companies and others to obtain 30-year permits to kill eagles and other protected species without prosecution by the federal government. A study in the Wildlife Society Bulletin found that every year 573,000 birds and bats are killed by wind turbines. Add to that the 3,500 killed by one solar plant in California in its first year of operation. Over the past five years about 2.5 million birds were killed by wind turbines alone.

The Mother Jones blog estimated that about 800,000 birds were killed or injured by the BP oil spill that occurred in 2010. BP was fined $100 million for killing and harming migratory birds due to that spill. BP killed or injured 1/3 as many birds as wind turbines during the past five years and the wind turbine killing continues.

One would think there would be demonstrations and heavy news coverage about the wind turbine slaughter like we saw during the BP spill. Instead, since wind and solar are favored industries as opposed to the hated fossil fuel industry, we hear nothing and government offers exemptions. Fairness takes a back seat when government and special interests pick the winners and losers.

Phil Underwood

Montoursville

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