In the Casper Star-Tribune dated Dec. 24, there is an article “BLM overestimates wind farm eagle deaths.” This statement made by a representative of the wind energy people is worth as much as a representative of an environmental group saying the BLM figure is not high enough. In either case there are no good estimates to back them up. The real fact is that the towers do kill eagles. At this time there are no proven ways to prevent all species of birds from entering the fast moving blades of the turbines.
We wonder if the Fish and Wildlife Service estimates will be any more believable.
The bragging statement that the energy produced by winds will light up a million homes might be true. However, because of the variety of the winds, a substantial source of reliable back up fossil fuel will be required.
It should also be noted that in our capitalistic system investments this big happen only if the folks making the investments will make money. In a wind farm development this might occur only with the help of U.S. government, tax payer dollars. This is not the way the capitalistic system should work.
I believe the statement that the present golden eagle populations are stable only if they remain stable in the face of 1,000 spinning wind towers.
FRED EISERMAN, Casper
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