“Green” Hypocrisy: RSPB Fiddles as Scotland’s Wind Farms Found Guilty of Rampant Raptor Slaughter

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Victim (front of frame); perpetrator (to the rear),
happily defended by a band of “eco-hypocrites”.

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Centuries from now – archaeologists and palaeontologists will be sifting through what were communities of isolated-candle-lit hovels and find the remains of the 21st Century greentards and ecofascists that ended up living in the Stone Age poverty that they were ready to foist upon everybody else.

As they unravel the secrets of what led to the great wind power fraud – that will then be ancient history – the experts will be more than a little perplexed at how these people were able to generate foaming outrage – on the one hand – and benign indifference – on the other – when faced with identical avian outcomes.

Every time an oil rig blows up or an oil tanker runs aground – the ecofascist is the first to howl “blue murder” and demand an end to the oil industry, as soon as birds start washing up on a beach drenched in the black stuff.

Gulf Oil Spill

At least he survived his brush with the energy business.

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Photos and footage of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and the Exxon Valdez spill filled our papers and TV screens for years afterwards – with well-meaning environmentalists gently washing birds and other critters back to health. No criticism there – nothing wrong with a little human compassion for our feathered friends.

However – the game changes when the greentard is confronted with birds and bats being belted for 6 or sliced to ribbons by giant fans.

Something in the greentards’ wiring fails to connect turbines with the death and destruction they cause.

Is it good old hypocrisy? Is it selective thinking? Is it the fact that their simplistic world view reduces all equations to: “green” GOOD and fossil fuel BAD?

Whatever it is – it demonstrates an inability to apply logic to a given situation and the absence of any guiding principle – a point well made by James Lovelock.

If human activity causing death and harm to wildlife is abhorrent and cause for outrage in one circumstance – then – as a matter of principle – it should be abhorrent in all circumstances. Or does greentard thinking – if that’s what it is – reduce to the old chestnut about “the greater good”?

For birds, successfully negotiating 56m blades with their outer tips doing over 350km/h is, according to wind industry ecological “consultants”, just case of keeping your cool – or NOT.

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He must have lost his “cool”?

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One group of rabid enviro-hypocrites is Britain’s (ironically named) “Royal Society for the Protection of Birds” (RSPB) – which should seriously think of changing its moniker to the “Royal Society for the Protection of the Wind Industry”, as a fitting nod to its biggest single financial benefactor.

The RSPB has been running cover for its wind industry paymasters for years; denying that wind turbines kill birds; and – when caught out peddling that patent myth – claiming that more birds are killed by evil farmers, motor vehicles, flying into windows and by bands of bird eating pixies (see below).

Not content with simply endorsing the wind industry’s mindless slaughter of millions of birds and bats, the RSPB is keen to get in on the act – with plans to erect its very own bird and bat slicing machinery in the middle of – wait for it – a Scottish Nature Reserve. Here’s The Scotsman describing how – for so-called environmental groups – hypocrisy has become the new “black”.

‘RSPB wants to erect a wind turbine that will kill birds’ claim protesters
The Scotsman
Frank Urquhart
15 October 2014

RSPB Scotland are planning on erecting a wind turbine at the Loch of Strathbeg reserve

A MAJOR wildlife charity has been accused of hypocrisy and double standards after revealing plans to erect a wind turbine at one of Scotland’s largest nature reserves.

RSPB Scotland has submitted plans to Aberdeenshire Council to install a 62ft high “domestic” turbine at its Loch of Strathbeg reserve, near Crimond, in Buchan.

The reserve is home to almost 300 species of birds during the year and in winter tens of thousands of geese, including up to a quarter of the world’s population of pink-footed geese, visit the loch.

RSPB Scotland has been one of the leading objectors to a series of major wind-farm developments in Scotland in recent years. And the charity’s decision to erect a turbine at the reserve has been condemned by the protest group Communities Against Turbines Scotland.

Spokeswoman Kim Terry said: “This application smacks of hypocrisy and double standards. They are supposed to be a charity whose remit is the protection of birds and yet they are erecting something which they know from data all over the world will harm and kill birds in great numbers.

“They are almost taking money under false pretences. They are taking money from members of the public and not fulfilling their remit. I think a lot of their members will be aggrieved about this.”

Ms Terry added: “While the RSPB does lot of good work in other ways – and there is no denying this – I think a lot of people think they have got it completely wrong here.

“The smaller the turbine the faster the blades go round. The RSPB should not be condoning developments that are going to be a danger to something they should be protecting.”

Aedan Smith, RSPB Scotland’s head of planning, defended the development.

He said: “We do object on occasion to wind-farm developments. But if you look across the whole sweep of different development proposals we actually end up objecting to only ten per cent of those.”

He continued: “The way we have treated this turbine is consistent with our approach to other developments across the UK. We look at them on a case-by-case basis and assess what the likely conservation impact is going to be.

“If there is likely to be a problem then we would object to it and wouldn’t be proposing it in the first place on our reserve.

“But if it is not going to be a problem then we are supportive of wind turbines because of the need to reduce the impact on birds and other wildlife of the effects of climate change.”

An ornithology report, submitted by RSPB Scotland in support of the application, admitted that small numbers of pink-footed geese and whooper swans will be at risk of collision if the development is approved.

The report states: “It is possible to conclude that the turbine ­development is unlikely to have a significant impact on the qualifying species of Loch of Strathbeg SPA (special protection area).”

Mr Smith said the report ­assessed the risk to pink-footed geese as one death every five years and one death every 2.5 years for whooper swans. These deaths rates, he stressed, would have no impact on the conservation status of either species.

He added: “The purpose of the turbine is to try and improve the environmental performance of our estate.

“The RSPB as an organisation is becoming increasingly concerned about the effect of climate change on wildlife across the UK and across the world and we are doing what we can to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
The Scotsman

eagle at waterloo

Wedge-tailed eagle takes one for the planet at Waterloo, SA.

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The RSPB’s “conservationist” (read “wind power fraud apologist”) Aedán Smith heads straight for the “greater good” chestnut in his effort to defend the indefensible. Trying to justify the inevitable slaughter of the purported objects of RSPB munificence on the grounds that a single turbine will have a discernible effect on global temperature, smacks of the nonsense that springs from childish desperation.

Of course, giant fans have absolutely NOTHING to do with global warming or climate change (whichever is your poison) – as they require 100% of their capacity to be backed up 100% of the time with fossil fuel generation sources (see our post here). That simple and unassailable fact means wind power cannot and will never reduce CO2 emissions in the electricity sector: the sole justification for the wind industry’s heavily subsidised existence – instead, increasing wind power generation results in increased CO2 emissions (see our post here).

Previously,  Smith, pitching RSPB spin, has argued: “that many more eagles are killed by landowners, gamekeepers, power lines and trains” (see our post here). He could have added planes and automobiles.

The “conservationist”, Smith’s thinly veiled attempt to let giant fans off the hook is a bit like an accused armed robber mounting his defence on the basis that plenty of others had robbed the same bank before he did, so he simply can’t be guilty. (For a discussion on the inherent hypocrisy seen in arguments excusing the slaughter of millions of birds and bats by wind turbines see our post here.)

And there’s a mighty big difference between wind turbines, on the one hand, and farmers or gamekeepers (armed with poison or guns), power lines, planes, trains and automobiles, on the other.

The wind industry and its parasites have – from the outset – pitched their fans as a “planet saving, clean, green and environmentally friendly technology”; whereas, the others in the list of offenders have never made any such claim.

Were anyone caught shooting or poisoning rare and endangered eagles they would face prosecution.

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Kill a relatively common Wedge-Tailed Eagle in Australia and you’ll face 6 months imprisonment or a $10,000 fine. As the stories in these links show – when lads with a .22 do it – there is media “shock” and “outrage” at a crime worthy of condign punishment. In Scotland, similar offences carry a maximum penalty of £5000 or 6 months in prison and generate the same media outrage.

But the operators of wind farms face no such criminal penalties – and get to slice and dice birds and bats of all shapes and sizes with impunity (see our posts here and here).

The one thing that giant fans can’t be accused of is “prejudice”: they’ll slaughter anything that flies by; from bats to lowly seagulls, pelicans, majestic raptors and everything in between (see our post here).

The RSPB’s efforts to protect its beloved wind industry by trying to pin the blame for Scotland’s rampant raptor slaughter on farmers, cars, windows and marauding pixies has been dealt a major blow.

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“Collateral damage”: turbine sends endangered white tailed
eagle to the promised land; Smola, Norway.

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A report just published by the Scottish Government-funded “Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme” has given the wind industry top billing as the Highland’s number 1 raptor killer. Here’s The Telegraph on the report that cans the RSPB’s attempt to defend the wind industry’s pointless eagle slaughter.

Wind turbines have killed more birds of prey than persecution this year
The Telegraph
Auslan Cramb
29 October 2014

Rare white tailed sea eagle among four raptors killed by turbine blades, according to official report

Wind turbines have killed more birds of prey in Scotland this year, including a rare white tailed sea eagle, than deliberate poisoning or shooting, an official report has revealed.

Four raptors were killed by turbines between January and June and a fifth bird, a golden eagle, was electrocuted by a power line. Over the same period, two birds were confirmed to have been poisoned or shot.

The Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association (SGA) said the figures showed their members were being judged “guilty until proven innocent”.

The SGA suggested conservationist groups including the RSPB should now demand that the wind farm industry be held to account for raptor deaths.

The numbers were revealed in an interim report published from the Scottish Government-funded Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme.

It reveals that in January a buzzard was found dead, with a wing missing, under a turbine in the Western Isles. The eagle was also found dead in the Western Isles.

In February, a sea eagle was found dead under a wind turbine in Tayside. A post mortem examination found several broken bones, but no evidence it died from poisoning.

A kestrel was found dead the same month below another turbine in Tayside while in June an osprey was found dead under a turbine in the Grampian area.

The same report states that two peregrine falcons were killed illegally. One was found in Central Scotland and appeared to have been shot. The second bird was found in Strathclyde in February and a veterinary drug was found in its tissues.

Sea eagles are Britain’s biggest raptors and have been the subject of a long-running reintroduction programme in Scotland.

In May, the RSPB claimed landowners should face jail terms of up to six months if illegally poisoned birds were found on their land.

They made the call after it was reported that 22 birds of prey had been found poisoned near Conon Bridge, Ross Shire. The figure was later reduced to 16 red kites, and earlier this week police admitted the killings were probably an unintentional side effect of pest control measures.

A spokesman for the SGA said the report revealed the truth behind the “prejudice” aimed at landowners and farmers which painted the shooting industry as “guilty until proven innocent.”

He added: “It is important the public can understand for themselves the true picture regarding wildlife crime.

“After the appalling finger pointing at the shooting and farming industries following Conon Bridge this year by the highly politicised conservation movement, we will be interested to see if those groups now call for the same licensing measures against the government-backed wind farm industry.”

An investigation into the illegal killing of six buzzards in Aberdeenshire was abandoned this month after police DNA-tested and fingerprinted farmers over carcases that later turned out were probably hens.

Ian Thomson, of RSPB Scotland, said: “The Scottish Government recently published its wildlife crime report for 2013. This listed 23 birds of prey as being victims of crime, including poisoning, shooting and trapping.

“Most commentators accept that this figure represents the “tip of the iceberg” as offenders will attempt to cover up evidence that they had committed a crime, by disposal of bodies etc. It is clear from a huge weight of peer-reviewed scientific evidence that wildlife crime continues to constrain the population and range of a number of bird of prey species in Scotland, notably hen harrier, golden eagle and red kite.”

Last week, the government said levels of wildlife crime in Scotland had remained relatively “static” over the last five years.
The Telegraph

white tailed sea eagle

Scotland’s endangered White-Tailed Sea Eagle. Once upon a time
the RSPB was there to protect her. But that was then, this is now.

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Comments

  1. The mental flaw that plagues my fellow environmentalists in Europe and North America is a phobia generated by the Cold War – well, that and ignorance. The phobia comes from the fact that nuclear research actually made it possible for the governments of USSR and USA to bring the world so close to disaster in each of three cases that it was only averted by one brave and sagacious man’s decision. In each case, the man was Russian, and received little credit.
    So “radiation”, “radioactive”, “plutonium”, and “nuclear” are highly pejorative terms. Consideration of the real alternative energy, nuclear, is anathema to far too many liberal organizations.

    That is why Gore, Obama, Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, and (God or Gaia forgive them} the Scottish Nationalist Party, think that wind power is ‘green’.
    Leaves are green because that’s the range of visible light that chlorophyll doesn’t use.
    it is therefore the colour of “photosynthetic waste radiation”.

  2. I, too, am appalled by the failure of the RSPB to recognise the difference between hundreds of sparrow and finch deaths, and a mere dozen eagles and falcons.
    People accept 30,000 human deaths and more on the highways in the USA, but I think that the world population of wolverines is more like 3000.

  3. The turbines of this deadly German wind farm continued to operate as hundreds of cranes flew by, well all except one of them. NoTricksZone has some gruesome pictures of the unfortunate crane. This picture shows the scene after the crane’s body parts had been gathered together, they had previously been scattered around the wind turbine, note a wing missing.
    Could this be one of the deaths that Christine Milne was really referring to when she made this recent statement?

  4. videos:

    eagle hit http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8NAAzBArYdw

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    Wind farms are clusters of turbines as tall as 30-story buildings, with spinning rotors as wide as a passenger jet’s wingspan. Though the blades appear to move slowly, they can reach speeds of up to 170 mph at the tips, creating tornado-like vortexes. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/03/12/house-panel-subpoenas-white-house-on-wind-power-eagle-deaths/

    Bob Sallinger with the Audubon Society of Portland said wind farms across the country have killed more than 80 eagles over the last decade.

    “If you have dozens and dozens of them on the landscape it is basically a giant Cuisinart for birds,” said Sallinger. “Bald eagles took decades to recover … we almost lost them because of DDT. Golden eagles are a species biologists are concerned about because they appear to be declining.” http://www.kgw.com/news/Official-Wind–257599781.html

    A recent study by federal and state scientists found that U.S. wind turbines could kill up to 1.4 million birds of all species per year by 2030 as the wind energy industry continues to expand. http://www.ibtimes.com/should-wind-turbines-be-allowed-kill-eagles-debate-ratchets-bird-group-lawsuit-1607240

    Kay Armstrong, who lives near a wind farm in Ontario, Canada, has reported that her home is now “virtually uninhabitable” due to the infrasound from the turbines disturbing her sleep and making her feel dizzy. She also says that local deer are agitated and awake all night, that birds are flying around all day rather than going to roost, and that seals in the area are suffering miscarriages. http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/06/13/More-Deaths-Linked-to-Wind-Turbines-near-Danish-Mink-Farm —non raptor issues too two people die from explosion at wind turbine: http://www.nieuws.nl/algemeen/20131030/Brand-windmolen-Verlies-collegas-hartverscheurend airplane safety concerns http://blackburnnews.com/chatham/chatham-news/2014/07/06/wind-turbines-near-airport-ordered-removed/ —-ca

    There are currently more than 4,000 turbines by the Altamont Pass. http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/05/23/new-design-may-reduce-bird-deaths-in-wind-turbines-on-altamont-pass-livermore-interstate-580-golden-eagle-animals-environment-renewable-energy/

    Wind turbines at Altamont Pass kill an estimated 880 to 1,300 birds of prey each year, including up to 116 golden eagles, 300 red-tailed hawks, 380 burrowing owls, and additional hundreds of other raptors including kestrels, falcons, vultures, and other owl species. The APWRA is an ecological sink for golden eagles and other raptor species and may be having significant impacts on populations of birds that are rare and reproduce infrequently. http://www.goldengateaudubon.org/conservation/birds-at-risk/avian-mortality-at-altamont-pass/

    “Last June, the Los Angeles Times reported that about 70 golden eagles are being killed per year by the wind turbines at Altamont Pass, about 20 miles east of Oakland, Calif. A 2008 study funded by the Alameda County Community Development Agency estimated that about 2,400 raptors, including burrowing owls, American kestrels, and red-tailed hawks—as well as about 7,500 other birds, nearly all of which are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act—are being killed every year by the turbines at Altamont.”

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/wind-energy-under-attack-for-thousands-of-wildlife-deaths/

    —nj Near Atlantic City NJ 5 industrial wind turbines were erected which are killing an average of 76 birds and bats per year per turbine(not the 1-2 that AWEA and US Fish and Wildlife publicize). This has been documented by the local Audubon society. Though to make sure not too information is known…they only study for 2 years after installation then after that….It is a shameful secret! These killed a Peregrine Falcon of which there are only 25 breeding pair in the entire state, also numerous Osprey, a Green Heron, a Dunlin and many others….is not worth it for these highly variable power producers which require full CO2 emitting backup and power shadowing. Money would be much better spent on conservation and efficiency…which have been shown to be ten times more cost effective thereby doing more for our planet

    http://www.ceoe.udel.edu/lewesturbine/documents/acua_quarterlyreport_fall09.pdf

    http://www.njcleanenergy.com/files/file/Renewable_Programs/Wind/ACUA_Interim%20Report_Jan-Sep08_all.pdf

    —-mo

    The project proposed by Wind Capital Group of St. Louis would erect 94 wind turbines on 8,400 acres that the Osage Nation says contains key eagle-nesting habitat and migratory routes. http://bdnews24.com/environment/2013/06/15/native-americans-decry-eagle-deaths

    st louis mayor’s office: Phone: (314) 622-3201

    Hours: 8 AM – 6 PM Monday through Friday

    Address: 1200 Market , City Hall, Room 200 St. Louis, Missouri 63103

    governor:

    facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jay-Nixon/6517667731

    governors twitter https://twitter.com/GovJayNixon

    2007: NRC Report on Environmental Impact of Wind Farms

    “Collisions with buildings kill 97 to 976 million birds annually; collisions with high-tension lines kill at least 130 million birds, perhaps more than one billion; collisions with communications towers kill between 4 and 5 million based on “conservative estimates,” but could be as high as 50 million; cars may kill 80 million birds per year; and collisions with wind turbines killed an estimated at 20,000 to 37,000 birds per year in 2003, with all but 9,200 of those deaths occurring in California. Toxic chemicals, including pesticides, kill more than 72 million birds each year, while domestic cats are estimated to kill hundreds of millions of songbirds and other species each year. Erickson et al. (2005) estimate that total cumulative bird mortality in the United States “may easily approach 1 billion birds per year.” ” http://www.vawind.org/assets/nrc/nrc_wind_report_050307.pdf

    —— http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?State=OR

    Merkley, Jeff – (D – OR) Class II 313 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-3753 Web Form: http://www.merkley.senate.gov/contact/

    Wyden, Ron – (D – OR) Class III 223 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-5244 Web Form: http://www.wyden.senate.gov/contact/

    —– http://www.leg.state.or.us/senate/members.htm The Oregon State Capitol Address is: 900 Court St. NE, Salem, Oregon 97301. View a map to the Oregon State Capitol. For information regarding the legislative process, email the Legislative Liaison, or call 503-986-1000. For technical questions about this site, please email Oregon Legislative Information Systems, or call 503-986-1914.

    ———- In Spain, the Spanish Ornithological Society (TSOS) estimates that the country’s 18,000 wind turbines cause between six and eighteen million bird deaths a year. This works out at an average of 333 to 1,000 birds per turbine. http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/06/20/RSPB-Condemns-Plans-to-Build-Huge-Wind-Farm-Near-Rare-Bird-Breeding-Area

    http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jun/06/local/la-me-adv-wind-eagles-20110606

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1394945/The-green-killer-Scores-protected-golden-eagles-dying-colliding-wind-turbines.html

  5. It is amazing how the so called greens change their mind when it suits. It doesn’t matter when the corrupt fans kill wild life. Corrupt parasites, get rid of the greens and fans, neither are any good to this planet.

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