The environmentalists, from President Obama down to the local activists, tell us that we need to switch from oil and coal to renewable energy sources like wind, solar and bio-fuels, to protect the environment. So we must stop drilling for oil in west Texas because it might disturb the habitat of a little lizard. Meanwhile, it is OK to erect wind farms that slaughter birds and bats by the hundreds of thousands. Gateway Pundit has a post explaining the impact of wind farms on rare and protected birds like the golden eagle. He quotes a UPI report:
Wind power turbines have been blamed for the deaths of scores of protected golden eagles in California’s Bay Area, wildlife experts say.
The death count of more than 60 birds a year during the last three decades worries field biologists because the turbines in the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area — which have been providing thousands of homes with emissions-free electricity since the 1980s — are situated in a region of rolling grasslands and canyons containing one of the highest densities of nesting golden eagles in the United States, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.
“It would take 167 pairs of local nesting golden eagles to produce enough young to compensate for their mortality rate related to wind energy production,” biologist Doug Bell, manager of the East Bay Regional Park District’s wildlife program, said. “We only have 60 pairs.”
What did the environmental impact analysis say about the threat the wind turbines posed to protected birds? Probably nothing.
Let’s return to the little lizard in west Texas. It sounds like a great location for a farm of solar energy panels. But a solar energy farm that matches the output of a single coal-fired power station covers a lot of territory. I kinda suspect that would be more disruptive to the lizard than a few dirt roads, a pipeline and some drilling sites.
To be fair, environmentalists have opposed wind farms and solar energy farms because of the environmental impact. Unfortunately, they also oppose energy projects that have far less impact on the environment.