A Sad “Win” for Anti-Wind Lobbyists?


A Sad “Win” for Anti-Wind Lobbyists?

white-throated needletail
 
Recently, a rare bird native to Asia called the white-throated needletail, was found in Scotland. Many avid bird watchers flocked (pardon my pun) to Isle of Harris to see this bird and photograph it when they had a chance. Unfortunately, the bird which was possibly disoriented and tired from its long travel, flew into a wind turbine and died, as many horrified observers watched on. Anti-wind groups are using this as an example of how wind turbines frequently kill birds.
 
The sad reality is, all methods of energy generation have some environmental impact. Some greater than others. The truth is, anti-wind lobbyists are right to a certain degree… some wind turbines DO kill birds. Some wind turbines did not have proper siting done and were put in a migratory area, and some wind turbines just happen to have blades which move too quickly etc. Whatever the cause, some birds will lose their lives. But the truth of the matter is, a lot of birds lose their lives daily, hitting cars on the highways, or flying into windows of buildings in metropolitan areas. It is sad when any animal loses its life because of the technologies of humans.
 
Recently, I was asked by a fellow Twitter user “So R (sp) you saying its ok to kill birds?” Which seems to be a popular question by anti-wind supporters. No it’s never ok to kill wildlife, or any animal or human being! But the reality is that all forms of energy have some level of impact. Even people have died from nuclear disasters, and smog from coal burning etc. It doesn’t mean that humans have stopped nuclear power, or coal burning operations at all. Even in the making of the Hoover dam, 96 people died at the site.
 
At the end of the day, we have to weigh the pros and cons of everything, and determine what will have the least negative impact on the environment and the people and wildlife within it, and make the best decision using the information available.
 
Like one author, Harry Huyton, put it ‘Let’s not martyr the white-throated needletail to the anti-wind cause’. A spokeswoman for the RSPB (“the country’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home”) in Scotland said ‘”Wind energy makes a vital contribution towards mitigating the impacts of climate change, which is the biggest threat to our native birds and wildlife.”
 
It was an unfortunate incident; but let’s not blame the wind energy industry as a whole, for the sad death of one beautiful bird.
 
To understand how many birds are killed by wind turbines vs. other forms of human activity, please read Impact of Wind Turbines on Birds and how Anti-Wind Messages Create Negative “Psychological Expectations”.
 

Posted By Sally on June 28, 2013 | 0 Comment

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