My specialty is wildlife and I can say and prove that the industry is clearly rigging their mortality studies. Eagles birds and bats at wind projects across the country are being slaughtered by the millions and the public will never be told the real number until there are regulations. Regulations would also expose to the world the wind industry's decades old mortality scam they have been putting over on the public.
The Wolfe Island wind turbines would have never been ever been built if it were made public that over 25,000 birds and bats would be killed each year. The public would have been told that Snowy owls, eagles gyrfalcons and every other species using the habitat would be killed. Altamont pass was killing peregrine falcons and they kept this a secret for years.
Any communities that require that approval is based upon accurate (not rigged) current population studies, yearly mortality studies (not rigged with undersize search areas and lengthy search intervals) for the life of the project will not have to worry about wind project being built in their communities. In addition accurate (not rigged) cumulative impacts studies for the species being impacted with absolute mortality thresholds will also curtail any projects (in a free society).
The reason is that these turbines will definitely slaughter off the local raptor and bat populations.
Goodhue County, MN won against this industry because they were unified and had a take-no-prisoners attitude about accountability. They were going to protect their eagles and other local species. They were not going to rely on rigged studies and they were going to monitor turbines with cameras. There would be no lying about the impacts and wind personnel could not hide bodies. In the end project developers had no choice but to pull out.
By the way cell towers and communication towers kill very few raptors. People running for office should not make things up.
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