Why do liberals hate bald eagles and other wild birds? For according to mainstream news accounts, wind turbines kill more than 573,000 birds annually in the U.S. That includes bald and golden eagles.
The AP says this includes a utility North Carolinians are familiar with:
Duke Energy’s Top of the World wind farm, a 17,000-acre site with 110 turbines located about 35 miles east of Casper [Wyoming], 10 eagles have been killed in the first two years of operation. It is the deadliest of Duke’s 15 wind power plants for eagles.
But that doesn’t stop greenies from hyperventilating about efforts to eventually phase out the state’s mandate that utilities use alternative energy, including wind power.
Two bills to end that mandate have come up for consideration in the General Assembly: HB 298, Affordable and Reliable Energy Act and a Senate counterpart, SB 365. Both have faced heavy opposition, and their fate is unclear. But phasing out the state mandate — which under the more recent proposals wouldn’t happen for years anyway — is both a common-sense measure, and a humane one.
Utilities pass along the costs of using wind turbines to your electric bill. So when you pay a bill from an NC utility, you may be paying for wind turbines that kill eagles and hundreds of thousands of birds.
Meanwhile, the United States is sitting vast reserves of oil and natural gas. There’s no need for these bird-killing towers. There’s no good reason NC should force utilities to use sources of power that chop wild birds into pieces.