Wind and solar to get licence to kill bald eagles for 30 years

It would seem that the wind lobby is more influential with the US Government than the wildlife lobby. Of course there is a lot more money involved in extracting subsidies for wind and solar energy than there is in wildlife.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has been investigating the increased incidence of wildlife deaths (large birds, foxes and tortoises among others) at solar and wind energy project sites. The USFWS now proposes – presumably because these deaths will continue for a long time at such projects – that they be given a licence to kill for 30 years! But this support for solar and wind projects is a tacit acknowledgement by the US Fish and Wildlife Service that renewable projects are rather more dangerous to large birds and other wildlife than the enthusiasts would like us to believe.

Euphemistically, the USFWS obscures these licences to kill  under the innocuous sounding “programmatic permits to authorize eagle take“.

The Foundry has this :

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a division of the Interior Department, is considering loosening regulations on the killing of bald eagles, the national bird of the United States, to accommodate the development of wind energy sources. A draft regulation first filed in April would allow businesses to apply for 30-year permits allowing them to kill bald eagles in the course of other legal activities. The length of those permits would be a six-fold increase over the five-year window allowed under current law.

The USFWS explains at FederalRegister.gov:

We have reviewed applications from proponents of renewable energy projects, such as wind and solar power facilities, for programmatic permits to authorize eagle take that may result from both the construction and ongoing operations of renewable energy projects. During our review, it became evident that the 5-year term limit imposed by the 2009 regulations (see 50 CFR 22.26(h)) needed to be extended to better correspond to the timeframe of renewable energy projects.

Current law allows permitting for “programmatic” killing of bald eagles, which “is recurring, is not caused solely by indirect effects, and that occurs over the long term or in a location or locations that cannot be specifically identified.”

The USFWS notes that permits “may authorize lethal take that is incidental to an otherwise lawful activity, such as mortalities caused by collisions with rotating wind turbines.”

According to the regulation, measures will be taken to attempt to minimize bald eagle mortalities, and additional actions may be authorized if mortalities exceed “anticipated” levels. USFWS began investigating numerous bald eagle deaths associated with wind turbines in early 2012.

Without the proper permit, the killing of a bald eagle is a federal crime.

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4 Responses to “Wind and solar to get licence to kill bald eagles for 30 years”

  1. shamijacobus Says:

    Hi k2p
    News from energy.:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/interactive/2012/feb/29/electricity-generating-costs

    roberto

    • ktwop Says:

      Gas – and with shale gas coming in large quantities – will remain the cheapest form of electricity generation for years to come. Just look at the error bars. Wind forecasts are very optimistic – as always – in the Guardian.

  2. shamijacobus Says:

    hi k2p
    CORRECT….
    optmistic= they want a source of honey money.
    I´m sure that NUCLEAR power with thousands of uranium,etc from desarmament WILL provide us Eletric power,cheap for long,long time.

    roberto

  3. shamijacobus Says:

    hi k2p
    look this:
    http://blogs.princeton.edu/chm333/f2006/nuclear/02_mining_and_conversion/information_on_uranium/

    roberto

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