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For golden eagles, habitat loss, not deadly blades, is the main threat posed wind farms

  • Jul 21, 2021 1:55 pm GMT
United Press International (UPI)
Wind farms pose a variety of threats to birds, including some of the world's most iconic avian predators -- like the golden eagle, the world's most widely distributed eagle....
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Bob Meinetz on Jul 21, 2021

"For golden eagles, habitat loss, not deadly blades, is the main threat posed wind farms"

This classic renewables doublespeak attempts to deflect responsibility for their massive land-use impact.

"Our study shows that across numerous wind farms in Scotland, this was not the case, but that deleterious habitat loss through avoidance of turbines was the main impact," said Whitfield, an ornithologist and wind farm expert with the consulting group Natural Research."

Ahhh, so the main threats posed to golden eagles by wind farms are: 1) Avoidance of wind turbines, then 2) Collision with aforementioned turbines. Either avoiding being killed, or being killed. Any other options?
Of course! "Don't build wind farms." Why didn't I think of that?

Below: Because this bald eagle didn't choose a new habitat, it's his own fault.

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