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Old 08-06-2010, 06:09 AM   #1
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Appeals court rules on scope of migratory bird act
By Roxanna Hegeman
Jul 26, 2010

The Associated Press: Appeals court rules on scope of migratory bird act
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WICHITA, Kan. — A federal appeals court decision over dead birds found in Kansas oil field equipment has defined the scope of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, affirming that violators do not need to intentionally kill them to be convicted.
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"It puts a lot of people at risk subject to the whims of the federal government," said defense attorney Stephen Robison. "... Who is next? Are you going after airports? Are you going to go after grain silos? Combines? Plate glass windows?" Robison said. "What's next? Wind turbines?"
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Although the Kansas prosecutions are apparently the first in the nation concerning heater-treaters, the government has pursued other cases involving birds found trapped in oil pits and storage tanks.
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Old 10-05-2010, 02:41 PM   #3
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I've seen a wind farm down near Peoria, and it doesn't make sense to me that the blades are turning fast enough to cause significant numbers of bird injuries.

Addressing that, check out this article which claims that current wind turbine technology doesn't kill many birds. Apparently the older turbines used smaller blades that turned at much higher speeds, and those were apparently very bad for birds.

What do you think?

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Walk around underneath some commercial wind turbines and you’ll find dead birds and… dead bats galore. Best time to look is about an hour before dusk since higher order predators figure out real quick there’s a bona fide smorgasbord underneath them and the "evidence" disappears real quick. Very few casualties under residential roof top wind turbines but they’re not at a 200-250’ elevation in flyways either. I’ve got a few sites I’ve been watching and the one top on my list is the wind turbine at the Chipotle Grill at Gurnee Mills. Their turbine is about 30’ tall. One of the gals working there for a coupla years said she saw a dead sea gull once. This isn’t surprising to me since the gulls blanket the parking lots looking for hand outs from shoppers at that mall.

Meet the author of the article you linked to, John Laumer, Philadelphia : TreeHugger,

John Laumer is an independent consultant who joined TreeHugger. His recent service with a multinational chemical firm included environmental management systems development, training in product stewardship, product introduction management, scenario planning, and risk assessment.”


It sounded impressive to me and well…. he’s one of TreeHugger’s consultants and all and he’s on their payroll but just because he’s got an impressive write up and is a contract writer on what we’ve all come to think of as a “green” site….. doesn’t mean he’s green… or that his “take” on BigWind is without prejudice. They can bill him as being “green” but…. I’ve got some serious reservations after googling him for all of like 15 minutes, John Laumer.

This is the chemical company he worked for which is absent from his TreeHugger Press Release….. Arkema. Arkema’s motto seems to be, “The World is Our Inspiration”. Arkema was formerly Atofina Chemicals, Arkema – Makers of World-Class Vinyl Products, Industrial Chemicals and Performance Products.
Arkema “manufactures thousands of chemicals worldwide, determined to commit its activities in compliance with top safety and environmental standards.Arkema’s most recent claim to fame is they evidently own “certain acrylic assets from Dow Chemical purchased in January 2010.” Strange bed partners, Arkema and Dow and now….. Laumer and TreeHugger supporting industrial wind turbines?

You decide, Reinforced Plastics - Dow Venture Capital invests in Blade Dynamics Ltd, “The Dow Chemical Company, through its Venture Capital group, has made a minority equity investment in wind turbine blade technology specialist Blade Dynamics Ltd” and more recently, http://www.manufacturing.net/News/Feeds/2010/08/mnet-market-sectors-pharmaceuticals/biotech-dow-venture-capital-to-invest-in-new-technologies-/,
“The State of Louisiana also announced today that Louisiana Economic Development (LED) has agreed to provide an incentive package to help Blade Dynamics establish and operate a new manufacturing facility in New Orleans. Located on the National Aeronautics and Space Administrations(NASA) Michoud Assembly Facility, this plant is expected to add hundreds of new jobs to the local economy over the next few years.”

These industrial wind farms are costly bird shredders that aren’t nearly as “environmentally friendly” or “ecologically responsible” as politicians out there would have us believe and that’s because of the “hidden” costs. Some communities started figuring it out, Recent Study Shows Additional Hidden Costs of Cape Wind -- HYANNIS, Mass., July 9 /PRNewswire/ --.

John> you’ve gotta read this… it’s short and sweet and doesn’t even address the environmental damage to our lands as habitat gets wiped out storing and moving the energy to the consumer, Don't count on wind: Hidden costs start to peek out - Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010,
The true cost of wind power is masked in part by the heavy taxpayer subsidies it gets from a government that wants to be "green" even at the cost of a lot of our greenbacks. The big growth in wind power last year, for example, was attributed in large measure to the federal stimulus package. But those subsidies are not the biggest cost factor in getting wind power to replace other forms of energy. It would require a wholesale change and expansion of the power grid to accommodate wind power, which, like the wind itself, is an unreliable source. Because of that fact, backup generation must also be factored in.

The Energy Department study estimated that expanding the grid would cost a cool $93 billion. There was no estimate given for the cost of working around the "not in my backyard" syndrome”.

Photos of interest, Wind Farm Horror. Notable quotes on the siting of wind farms, Stop Ill Wind. And don’t forget, Get rational about Appalachian wind power - Keyser, WV - Mineral Daily News-Tribune, “Notable among the evidence for this shift in perspective was the near silence of environmental organizations when environmental review requirements were eliminated from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, an economic stimulus package that will provide grants to large corporations covering as much as 30 percent of the cost of megamillion-dollar industrial- scale wind energy projects. The act explicitly exempts the award program from provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act.”

Where was TNC when that went down? Personally…. I think industrial wind farms are being “green washed” but what do I know…. I’m just an environmentalist and a tax payer stuck subsidizing BigWind. Wouldn't it be nice if we had disclosures and conflict of interest statements since right now we're not exactly told whose in bed with whom anymore and who’s standing to profit when so many details get conveniently left out. Just the little bit of googling I did on this Laumer tells me someone like him doesn’t just up and “retire” at his age from a big dollar job like the one he had at Arkema so he can serve the “people” enlightening them about BigWind for TreeHugger.

Check out his LinkedIn profile. It's hard not being cynical when you read something like that then read what he wrote about BigWind. I think there’s a LOT of industry shills out there “marketing” and we can’t exactly count on paid ringers to “educate” and “inform” us. I’m learning most people at those levels can be bought…. and they obviously are being bought. Seriously…. I wonder how many paychecks a guy like this is collecting? What do you think?
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Old 10-13-2010, 12:36 AM   #5
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I read somewhere today that the bats are more susceptible to harm from the changes in air pressure near the blades than being struck by the moving parts - their lungs collapse or something like that, similar to the damage scuba divers have to be careful to avoid.
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You hit it on the head swamp thing. I’m heavy into learning as much as I can about this since we’ve got a lot of bats flying around my house with all the wetlands and no way would I want to down even one of our bats. Vertical axis wind turbines look different than the white 3-blade turbines we’re used to seeing but they’re not ugly at all and they purportedly don’t interfere with bats. We’re looking into adding some to our roof but not until I’ve found enough locations where vertical axis wind turbines have been installed where bats are present in the vicinity to check on myself. I’m not up to taking somebody’s word for it…. I need to see rooftops without bodies with my own eyes or we’re not buying. BTW…. vertical axis turbines mounted on roofs aren’t bird magnets. I’ve been watching for that already and I’m pretty satisfied with what I’m seeing. The turbines I’ve been checking out have been on roofs and about the only higher order predator that could get to any casualties would be vultures and I’ve been specifically asking if anyone’s seeing vultures or even crows hanging around and so far they’re not.
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You hit it on the head swamp thing. I’m heavy into learning as much as I can about this since we’ve got a lot of bats flying around my house with all the wetlands and no way would I want to down even one of our bats. Vertical axis wind turbines look different than the white 3-blade turbines we’re used to seeing but they’re not ugly at all and they purportedly don’t interfere with bats."

Have you done anything to actively attract the bats or are they just naturally occuring there? If you were to attract them, what would you use???
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The bats were already here mostly because of the wetlands that are on my property and surrounding properties. “If you were to attract them, what would you use???” I think most of the folk here already ditched their lawn services so they’re hatching out fireflies so attracting them could be as simple as providing them with “housing”, adding some water features, and planting native species that attract night flying moths.
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