Alternative energy is described as clean and environmentally friendly. But Americans should always ask questions. As with any human activity, there are trade-offs.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power discovered this the hard way.
Its 8,000-acre, 90-turbine Pine Tree wind farm in the Tehachapi Mountains apparently has killed eight federally protected golden eagles since it opened two years ago.
Small wonder. The blades move as fast as 200 mph.
The 5,000-turbine Altamont Pass wind farm in California kills about 67 golden eagles each year, according to the Los Angeles Times.
A number of environmental groups have sued to block the proposed 13,535-acre North Sky River and Jawbone wind farms next to the Pine Tree turbines.
West Virginians have legitimate concerns about the effect of their wind farms as well – particularly those along migration flyways.
The Kern County, Calif., Board of Supervisors has adopted a goal of 10,000 megawatts of renewable energy production by 2015. Los Angeles has set a goal of 35 percent by 2020.
Sounds very “progressive.”
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