May 27, 2012
Letters, Minnesota

Obama’s obvious contradictions

The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead | 26 May 2012

In October, 500 tiny warblers lay dead at the Laurel Mountain Wind Farm near Elkins, W.Va. This was the largest bird kill to occur at a wind farm but not the first. According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, wind turbines kill more than 400,000 birds a year. Included in that figure are approximately 67 golden eagles. All in the name of green energy.

President Barack Obama and his administration are putting plans in place to erect more wind turbines, including some in the ocean. Look out, ducks and sea birds.

This administration will not allow us to drill for oil and natural gas on public land, or off the coast of the U.S., because we might harm the environment or disrupt wildlife, but it is all right to kill more than 400,000 birds a year with wind turbines in the name of green energy.

I have a question: Where is the fine (or enviro-lawsuits) for the killing of 400,000 birds a year? Has anybody paid any fines for the innocent slaughter? If an eagle kills my domestic livestock and I kill it, the fine is $10,000 plus lawyer fees.

We can’t drill for oil on taxpayer-owned land because it’s home to some rare snail or because we might inconvenience some migrating caribou. But, we can pay more than $3.75 per gallon for gas.

Don’t blame the Obama administration for any of this. Remember, it’s all Bush’s fault.

John Finnegan, Wadena, Minn.

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