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Wind Energy Official Throws Hunters Under the Bus

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Wind Energy Official Throws Hunters Under the Bus

An official from the American Wind Energy Association, in defending his industry against claims that wind turbines kill hundreds of thousands of birds—including eagles—each year, did his best to shift blame for eagle deaths onto the shoulders of hunters and shooters.

In other words, he threw the hunting and shooting community under the bus.

In a June 29 op-ed piece in the Montgomery Advertiser, John Anderson, director of siting policy for the American Wind Energy Association, wrote, “The wind industry’s impacts on eagles are minor compared to other human-related causes of mortality. Based on publicly available data, modern wind energy facilities are responsible for less than 1 percent of human-related eagle fatalities, ranking well below lead poisoning (eagles eat prey that has been shot by hunters), poisoning in general, illegal shooting, collisions with power lines (specifically smaller distribution lines that serve fossil fuel production areas), collisions with vehicles, and even drownings in livestock watering tanks.” (Emphasis ours)

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