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OBTAINING 25% OF ENERGY FROM RENEWABLES WOULD SAVE BILLIONS

By | Monday, September 30, 2013|, |

(Editor's note: Though the financial calculations in the article that follows are impressive, it fails to consider two fundamental points. Many of these projects are being put in pristine desert habitat where, to quote the Palen solar project’s environmental analysis, “In order to build the facility, the plants, animals and soil of the native desert acreage [...]

WHEN “GREEN” IS NOT CLEAN

By | Saturday, September 28, 2013|, , , , |

(Image above: Dust storm descending on Ocotillo - Jim Pelley photo) Sources of Greenhouses Gases - Courtesy Environmental ProtectionAgency The #1 source of Greenhouse Gases is not buildings or transportation, but electricity. That’s because 42% of it is still generated from coal. There are other questions regarding natural gas, which now supplies a [...]

OPINION: HIDING MORTALITY – THE WOLFE ISLAND SLAUGHTER

By | Friday, September 13, 2013||

While Altamont Pass operators have been hiding most of their mortality with search intervals of 30-90 days, the rest of North American wind farms hide mortality by using search areas that are far too small. By using only 50 meter search areas for their huge new turbines the wind facility operators can easily hide over [...]

ARE WIND TURBINES EXTERMINATING CALIFORNIA’S GOLDEN EAGLE POPULATION?

By | Thursday, September 12, 2013|, |

According to a story in yesterday’s Washington Times, at least 79 golden eagles have been struck down by Wind turbines. Most were killed between 2008 and 2012, when the wind industry was expanding, and the deadliest killing site was Altamont Pass in California. “ ... the scientists said their figure is likely to be “substantially” [...]

OPINION: HIDING WIND TURBINE BIRD SLAUGHTER

By | Monday, August 26, 2013||

Editor's Note: I find the study that follows convincing insofar as it illustrates flaws in the method of tabulating bird kill and also shows that wind turbines are slaughtering far more birds than we have been led to believe.  I am not as convinced that the alleged deception is 100% intentional (i.e. - conscious choice [...]

EAGLE EXPERT BITTNER SENTENCED TO PROBATION, ORDERED TO TURN OVER MISSING DATA

By | Friday, August 16, 2013|, , |

Editor's Note: Given the number of transgressions recorded in the article that follows, the fact Mr Bittner did not have a permit through-out most of his career and  refused to hand his raw data in to the government - what credibility can we give to the validations he gave Wind projects? How many Wind projects [...]

WILL PAINTING WIND TURBINE BLADES MINIMIZE COLLISIONS?

By | Wednesday, August 7, 2013||

(The article below was published in Clean Technica and I find it encouraging that they are looking into this subject. The figure for bird kills by turbines is low. An 2012 article in Scientific American states "The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) estimates that almost a half million birds are killed each year in [...]

SAN DIEGO ZOO “CAUTIOUSLY” RECOGNIZES WINDFARM EFFORT TO PROTECT CALIFORNIA CONDORS

By | Thursday, June 13, 2013|, |

(The Following article is a press release from the San Diego Zoo Global; Image Credit: California Condor at San Diego Zoo - Stacy from San Diego, courtesy Wikipedia) New Process Sets Model for Protecting Condors in Low-impact Habitat The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's review of a recent wind farm permit is receiving qualified support [...]

Wind Turbines, the Power of Denial and Threatened Eradication of a Species

By | Sunday, June 2, 2013|, |

(Image above: Jim Wiegand, of Save the Eagles, sent me this amplification of an image from Google Earth with the explanation, “The blades hung out past the search area. They only looked in the cleared/gravel area around the turbine.") Some people are reminiscent of Old Testament Prophets speaking to a people that do not want to [...]

Stop the infighting! The renewables sector as a community

By | Wednesday, May 8, 2013|, |

( The following article is the last reprint we will carry from Renewables International, whose editor, Craig Morris, has requested we remove his name from our contributor list. The image above is  from Bakersfield, CA, and accompanied the article below. I will publish my response to Craig's  comments at the bottom of this page.) In [...]