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Scores of Golden Eagles are being chopped to pieces each year from the massive blades of wind turbines in California’s attempt to produce green energy. The state’s 5,000 wind turbines span 50-square miles through an international migratory bird route and the world’s highest density nesting area for golden eagles.

They didn’t realize it at the time, but it was just a really bad place to build a wind farm.”—Grainger Hunt, ecologist with the Peregrine Fund

Scientists are worried that the number of newborn golden eagles won’t keep pace with the number of birds killed by the wind turbines in the state’s renewable energy revolution, which puts the birds’ survival at risk.

“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. We only have 60 pairs.”—Doug Bell, field biologist and manager of East Bay Regional Park District’s wildlife program

From Cape Cod to California, the push for green power has taken its toll on hundreds of thousands of birds. According to estimates, about 440,000 birds are killed each year by wind turbines.

And now that California Governor “Moonbeam” Brown and the Ruler are pushing for even more renewable green energy, more wind turbines will be erected and even more birds will be at risk, including the California Condor.

“We taxpayers have spent millions of dollars saving the California condor from extinction. How’s the public going to feel about wind energy if a condor hits the turbines?”—Gary George, spokesman for Audubon California

The bleeding-heart do-gooders who have enlisted in the renewable energy revolution would do well to revisit Aesop’s fable of The Frogs and the Well:

Two Frogs lived together in a marsh. But one hot summer the marsh dried up, and they left it to look for another place to live in: for frogs like damp places if they can get them.

By and by they came to a deep well, and one of them looked down into it, and said to the other, “This looks a nice cool place: let us jump in and settle here.” But the other, who had a wiser head on his shoulders, replied, “Not so fast, my friend: supposing this well dried up like the marsh, how should we get out again?”

Always look before you leap and think before you act. Here endeth the lesson.

I.M. Kane

For more on the story, see The green killer: Scores of protected golden eagles dying after colliding with wind turbines and Wind turbines taking toll on birds of prey.

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