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New Energy vs. the Birds

You should be careful what you ask for, you just might get it

While doing all in his power to fulfill promises to bankrupt or otherwise destroy fossil fuel providers Obama is at the same time hitting the gas (pun intended) on spending taxpayer money to develop alternative power source. Seems you can’t drive anywhere on America’s highway system without seeing trucks with “OVERSIZED LOAD” banners carrying giant wind turbine blades or freight train boxcars carrying the same. Particularly here in the western states. (I live in Colorado.) The Obama administration’s aggressive use of taxpayer dollars to hyper-drive the renewable energies industry has resulted in major cash windfall (another pun) for companies in this sector. Multi-million dollar debacles like Solyndra have been well documented. Watchdog groups have erected websites devoted to monitoring the public flushing of funds down the green bankruptcy drain.

But beyond the howling of fiscal conservatives wanting to know where all money has gone the ‘green movement’ is coming under attack from a most unexpected source – the ‘green movement.’ Seems the pursuit of green utopia is coming at a steep price to some of the planet’s birds.

Unforeseen until this massive expansion of production capability we are now discovering that acres and acres of solar and/or wind power production fields are either incinerating or bludgeoning birds to death in mid-flight. And the greenies who want alternative fuels now are hopping made with those who want to protect wildlife. Problem is they’re the same people.

America’s green-energy movement has a lot of crossover members with the “save the whales, birds and field mice” crowd. For the most part those who hate big oil, love solar and wind, and scream the need to protect all forms of wildlife tend to be under the same political tent. They now find themselves facing conflict over the effects of both wind and solar farms on America’s birds.

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