No matter what source of energy a nation uses to move its goods and services across this country there is a price to pay for any energy source. With oil we can expect accidents to happen, and they have, most recently the Gulf of Mexico. But for this administration and environmentalists, wind farms and solar are renewable and cleaner. However they too come with a price. No I am not talking about the price to build and manufacture solar panels and wind turbines, but the effect that they have on local environments.
California is attempting to make the switch to wind power and is building wind farms. However these wind farms are posing a danger to the national bird, The Golden Eagle. Hundreds of birds are dying each ear after colliding into the turbines. Author David Gardner notes …
The death count along the ridgelines of the Bay Area’s Altamount Pass Wind Resource Area has averaged 67 a year for three decades. The 200ft high turbines, which have been operating since the 1980s, lie in the heart of the grassy canyons that are home to one of the highest densities of nesting golden eagles in the US.
‘It would take 167 pairs of local nesting golden eagles to produce enough young to compensate for their mortality rate related to wind energy production,’ field biologist Doug Bell, manager of East Bay Regional Park District’s wildlife program, told the Los Angeles Times. ‘We only have 60 pairs,’ he added.
Statistical studies carried out by Hawk Mountain organization states the following
North American Golden Eagles represent 47% of the global population and number an estimated 79,900 birds …. A recent aerial survey estimated the Golden Eagle population of the continental northwestern United States at 27,392
I accept the fact that animals go extinct, this is the way of life. However when a group of people feel that its better for the environment and its society to use alternative energies do they ever question the effect that they have on wild life populations, good for bad?