Eagle deaths at wind turbine farm: Duke Energy agrees to pay $1 million
WASHINGTON -- The government for the first time has enforced environmental laws protecting birds against wind energy facilities, winning a $1 million settlement Friday from a power company that pleaded guilty to killing 14 eagles and 149 other birds at two Wyoming wind farms.Boy, that's a tough position to be in, isn't it? I mean, pretty much every solar company out there has gone bust - right after they got the Obama administration to slap heavy tariffs on inexpensive solar panels from China - so solar's out. Now that they're starting to enforce existing laws against killing birds, wind power is going to take a decent hit, too.
The Obama administration has championed pollution-free wind power and used the same law against oil companies and power companies for drowning and electrocuting birds. The case against Duke Energy Corp. and its renewable energy arm was the first prosecuted under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act against a wind energy company.
It's going to be interesting to see how this prosecution ripples through the alternative energy community. One of the long-standing complaints about wind power is the danger posed to avian life, and now that it's starting to be addressed in the only form businesses understand (fines), how much will this affect new wind power production?
I wonder when we'll start getting serious and building more nuclear power plants?
That is all.
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