For the birds

Oil companies have been prosecuted for federal crimes when migratory birds died in waste pits at drilling sites, but apparently US President Barack Obama's administration figures eagles whacked out of the air by wind farm turbines simply committed suicide. The issue hit the fan when the Associated Press recently reported the administration has never prosecuted or fined a wind-energy company for the death of protected birds despite turbines in the US killing more than 573,000 birds/year, including hawks, falcons, and eagles. Even thousands of bats are swatted from the sky by turbine blade tips traveling 120-180 mph. Siting of wind farms is part of the problem. Critics claim the Altamont Pa...

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