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By Christopher Booker
London Telegraph

March 13th, 2010

In all my scores of items over the years on why the obsession with wind turbines will be seen as one of the major follies of our age, there is one issue I haven’t touched on. The main practical objection to turbines, of course, is that they are useless, producing derisory amounts of electricity at colossal cost. (Yet the Government wants us to spend £100 billion on building thousands more of them which, even were it technically possible, would do virtually nothing to fill the fast-looming 40 per cent gap in our electricity supply.)

A feature of these supposedly environment-friendly machines that I haven’t mentioned, however, is their devastating effect on wildlife, notably on large birds of prey, such as eagles and red kites. Particularly disturbing is the extent to which the disaster has been downplayed by professional bodies, such as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in Britain and the Audubon Society in the US, which should be at the forefront of exposing this outrage, but which have often been drawn into a conflict of interest by the large sums of money they derive from the wind industry itself.

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For the rest of us, it is a criminal offence to kill bats and golden eagles. But it seems that all those under the spell of the infatuation with windpower and global warming can claim exemption from the law. In return for ludicrously small amounts of very expensive electricity, wildlife must pay the price for their dreams.

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The above clip is a snip from this video.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. We’re only talking about one bird here right? A measly vulture even. It happens, we know.

But, what are the chances of getting footage like this if it were such a rare event? How often is this really happening and how many birds are we really talking about? Nobody seems to want to answer these questions.

Just as easy, this could’ve been a Red-tailed or Red-shouldered hawk, few and far between in the saugeen valley. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources has even classified the species as vulnerable:

“The Red-shouldered Hawk was once the most common hawk in southern Ontario, but has experienced a dramatic, continent-wide decline in the last century. The Red-shouldered Hawk is now a rare breeding bird in Ontario, and is classified as a species of Special Concern by the Committee on the Status of Endangered wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) and Vulnerable in Ontario by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR).”

It’s an obvious concern at the OMNR, so where are they now?

More on bird deaths here, and here and here and more to read from this excellent paper.

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By John Ritter
USA TODAY

1/4/2005

ALTAMONT PASS, Calif. — The big turbines that stretch for miles along these rolling, grassy hills have churned out clean, renewable electricity for two decades in one of the nation’s first big wind-power projects.

But for just as long, massive fiberglass blades on the more than 4,000 windmills have been chopping up tens of thousands of birds that fly into them, including golden eagles, red-tailed hawks, burrowing owls and other raptors.

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June 23rd, 2006
Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Britain’s Royal Society for the Protection of Birds says a wind farm off the Norwegian coast has reduced the population of Europe’s largest eagle.

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August 7, 8:52 PM
Wildlife Conservation Examiner
Cathy Taibbi

This is the ugly, dirty secret of the powerful prop-turbine wind industry. It’s the sorry story that you won’t see on the ‘feel-good’ TV commercials or read about in industry-sponsored ads and skewed ‘research’ papers.

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