Green-en­ergy tur­bines get right to kill 4,200 ea­gles ev­ery year

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Douglas Ernst

The quest for green en­ergy brings with it a bloody down­side for Amer­ica’s na­tional sym­bol.

Bald and golden ea­gles may be legally killed or in­jured in the thou­sands by high-speed tur­bines (reach­ing speeds up to 170 mph), un­der new reg­u­la­tions re­leased Wed­nes­day by the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The rules, which af­fect in­di­vid­ual wind-en­ergy com­pa­nies that plan to op­er­ate the tech­nol­ogy for up to 30 years, al­lows up to 4,200 of the birds to per­ish. En­force­ment by fed­eral of­fi­cials is set to be­gin in Jan­uary prior to Pres­i­dent Obama’s last day in of­fice.

Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice Di­rec­tor Dan Ashe said in a state­ment that of­fi­cials were try­ing to find a happy medium be­tween en­cour­ag­ing green en­ergy and pro­tect­ing the beloved birds. The U.S. pop­u­la­tion of bald ea­gles stands at roughly 143,000, while the Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice puts the num­ber of golden ea­gles at 40,000.

Michael Hutchins of the Amer­i­can Bird Con­ser­vancy said he had “se­ri­ous con­cerns” of the reg­u­la­tions, but said he was happy that com­pa­nies must hire in­de­pen­dent con­trac­tors to pro­vide data on bird kills.

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