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Renewable energy advocates were handed a political setback because President Obama's choice for his administration's spokesman for that effort turned out to be possibly the worst choice since John Wilkes Booth was selected to entertain President Lincoln.
Regardless, the major issue has been one of economics more than style. Solar and wind energy simply cannot compete economically with all other types of fuel... except perhaps ethanol. They depend heavily upon government subsides for all manner of shortcomings. So, one would expect that because these energy sources are so heavily subsidized, they should at least be subject to the same laws and regulations as other forms of energy production. Expect again....
The Wall Street Journal published an article that details how "environmentally correct" wind power has been destroying birds at an alarming rate... that was already widely known... but has been conveniently given a pass by that same federal government that prosecutes oil companies and electric companies for the deaths of far fewer birds. Sure, lots of other things kill birds, but they are not regulated energy producers.
During the late 1980s and early '90s, Rob Lee was one of the Fish and Wildlife Service's lead law-enforcement investigators on the problem of bird kills in Western oil fields. Now retired and living in Lubbock, Texas, Mr. Lee tells me that solving the problem in the oil fields "was easy and cheap." The oil companies only had to put netting over their tanks and waste facilities.
Why aren't wind companies prosecuted for killing eagles and other birds? "The fix here is not easy or cheap," Mr. Lee told me. He added that he doesn't expect to see any prosecutions of the politically correct wind industry.
This is a double standard that more people—and not just bird lovers—should be paying attention to. In protecting America's wildlife, federal law-enforcement officials are turning a blind eye to the harm done by "green" energy.
This "liberal" double-standard is the same double-speak that made avowed radical racist and communist, Van Jones, acceptable as a spokesperson for the "green" movement.
Perhaps one ought to look behind the rhetoric of the "greenies" and understand their political motivations. Then one will understand why it is so acceptable to hide all manner of conflict and corruption behind the the sanctified label of "green." It has very little to do with the environment and much to do with political control.
So, while "wind farms" kill more protected birds than oil companies, guess what the "bird killer" stories emphasize.