Some recent letters on industrial wind turbines seem to have been written without true and full knowledge of the hazards turbines pose to humans, the environment, birds and animals.
Health & Science recently included a small article asking “Do wind farms raise temperatures?” The article was clear that the wind farms make “the region around them a little warmer.” Researchers from universities in Texas over the course of a nine-year study concluded that “nearby surface temperatures increased by an average of 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit at night, as “spinning blades churned up turbulence that prevented cool air from settling to the ground.”
This does not mean that turbines contribute to global warming; however this is proof that they disrupt normal layering of air, so that warmer air stays near the ground instead of rising. Quoting John Dabiri, an expert in wind power at the California Institute of Technology, in DiscoveryNews.com, “It shows that we need to think carefully about the unintended environmental consequences of any large-scale energy development, including green technologies.”
Studying this further Deroy Murdock in The Washington Times wrote an article, “Team Obama’s war on bald eagles.” Yes, our national symbol is endangered because of industrial wind turbines. These massive 40- to 50-story-tall towers literally slice the birds in their spinning blades. Turbines confuse the migratory birds that then fall prey to being diced by undetected rotating blade. Waterfowl are finding less and less land available for nesting as industrial wind turbines eat up the land they need in order to continue to propagate. Bats lungs explode before they reach the turbines. Seemingly the hazards to birds are endless.
The various bird mortality rates are expected to be near 440,000 a year as estimated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The American symbol, the great majestic bald eagle is protected and first-time violators of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act can receive $5,000 fines and one-year prison sentences. Second offenses double those punishments. However, according to the Los Angeles Times, “federal authorities have not prosecuted any wind farm operators.”
I wonder if bald eagles were to drop dead by an oil derrick what would Washington and the local authorities do. I imagine based in previous experiences regarding the petroleum industry they would be “pounded flatter than a pancakes.” However, “wind turbines can chop bald eagles in half and the federal government doesn’t intervene, rather they let wind companies continue to eradicate even more of this republic’s innocent national bird,” reports Deroy Murdock.
This is not the behavior of normal Americans.
Linda Makson lives in Warsaw.
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