Wind Turbines kill 600,000 bats in 2012????

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    Where are the envirowhacks on this one? The fat white liberal media will probably blame the pro-life movement.

    CORRUPTION RULES!!!!!

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Govern...ed-in-death-of-estimated-600-000-bats-in-2012

    From the link:

    Wind turbines killed at least 600,000 -- and possibly as many as 900,000 -- bats in the United States in 2012, researchers say.

    Writing in the journal BioScience, the researchers said they used sophisticated statistical techniques to infer the probable number of bat deaths at wind energy facilities from the number of dead bats found at 21 locations.

    Bats, which play an important role in the ecosystem as insect-eaters, are killed at wind turbines not only by collisions with moving turbine blades but also by the trauma resulting from sudden changes in air pressure that occur near a fast-moving blade, the study said.

    Study author Mark Hayes of the University of Colorado notes that 600,000 is a conservative estimate -- the true number could be 50 percent higher than that -- and some areas of the country might experience much higher bat fatality rates at wind energy facilities than others.
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    Many dozens of golden Eagles are killed by these death-blades every year too. Yet, not a peep comes out of the mouths of these enviro-terrorists about that fact.
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    Let me get this straight, when a environmental scientist reports something you don't like, you accuse him of being a enviro-whack, or something like that. In this case, an environmental scientist reports something that you're glad to hear (and I can't really figure out why) then you wonder where the environmentalists are?
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    Liberals are destroying the planet.
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    When I Googled Wind Farm Protest there were 1,710,000 hits that came up. I have a friend that works for an engineering firm that looks at their impacts so I was already aware of the opposition by the liberal eco-nazi left wing whackos.
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    Yes, there has been lots of opposition to wind farms from a variety of people. Conservatives blasted liberals for opposing the wind farms off Cape Cod. Now they're apparently complaining because liberals haven't opposed wind farms.

    Anyone here want to explain the conservative glee every time that there's any problem found with alternative energy?
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    Tough time for bats, white noise syndrome has all but wiped out bats in the NE in the last decade and is spreading south. Another stressor could mean their near total elimination in the next few decades as the fungus spreads.
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    I'm sure bats play an important role in the ecosystem, but they have always creep the hell out me.
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    The solution is less people.

    People who love watching and studying our birds of prey are very opposed to wind farms. These people come from all over the political spectrum.
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    Bats are great to have around. They eat bunches of mosquitoes.
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    No, when they do report something it's for a Leftist political reason.
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    So you ignore the damage to the Gulf, want to drill where over a150 species of birds use for breeding in Anwar, but get upset if a bat is killed.

    First, the new blades move pretty slow and are not of the fast blade types. Smaller home models may do that, but not the big boys.

    Why the hate for wind, would you rather buy more energy from Russia who is now part of OPEC. Or burn coal which is causing harm to our food fish stocks.

    Coal is worse for all animals than wind ever will be.

    Do you understand the need for waterless energy systems when states are fighting states for water.

    This nation now has more green energy than Australia has in total from all sources.

    As for Eagles, when I was a kid we never saw them or Osprey. Now since people have cleaned up their act and gotten rid of DDT, they are everywhere.

    Two Bald Eagles have a nest across the street from me.

    If we had done it your way, there wouldn't be any eagles to hit with anything.
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    May already be here. Put several bat houses up in prime locations years ago. For rent signs are still up.
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    I'm not sure the OP knows exactly what he's complaining about. But if he thinks conservationist have not ever voiced opposition to wind farms, he's completely mistaken again.
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    He just wants to point out hypocrisy when he sees it fit

    Whether it actually fits is clearly debatable

    Half of the posts on TH are about perceived hypocrisy. People from all sides just love to point it out and equally deflect when it's pointed at them.
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    All the more reason to put wind farms off-shore, where the wind blows more consistently, there are fewer animals that are affected (not as many birds or bats out there), and fewer noise or aesthetic complaints.

    It is more expensive in the start-up phase, but offshore wind has been superior to land wind farms in pretty much every instance.
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    That was because Ted Kennedy had no problem putting these loud monstrosities all over the country... just not in his own backyard. Hypocrisy rules the Leftists.

    I have no problem with alternative energy that doesn't kill American Eagles and make no noise. But I have a huge problem with it when the goal is to kill cheap domestic fossil fuels from being used here in the U.S.A.... for expensive turbines that need Mother nature to cooperate just to give us energy... Do you want to put hospitals, during an emergency operation, on these less than reliable power sources?
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    Mitt Romney opposed the Cape Cod project, too.

    And that's hardly the only one that conservationists have opposed.
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    All hospitals and emergency medical facilities have backup generators.

    After all, power lines are usually the first to go in any natural disaster.

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