Deep ‘Green’ Hypocrisy: Wind Power Cult Happily Ignores Bird and Bat Blood Bath

Beheaded Golden Eagle, contemplates his ‘contribution’ to the planet…

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‘Cognitive dissonance’ is the mental stress (discomfort) experienced by a person who simultaneously holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values; when performing an action that contradicts existing beliefs, ideas, or values; or when confronted with new information that contradicts existing beliefs, ideas, and values.

As a twist on that concept, George Orwell coined the term ‘doublethink’: the act of simultaneously accepting two mutually contradictory beliefs as correct, often in distinct social contexts. Doublethink is related to, but differs from, hypocrisy and neutrality. Also related is cognitive dissonance, in which contradictory beliefs cause conflict in one’s mind. Doublethink is notable due to a lack of cognitive dissonance — thus the person is completely unaware of any conflict or contradiction.

And it’s Orwell’s version of intellectual gymnastics that runs rampant amongst the world’s dwindling wind cult. The ability to pontificate about the purported environmental ‘benefits’ of these whirling wonders, whilst steadfastly ignoring the millions of birds and bats that are slaughtered on a daily basis shows a sense of hypocrisy and cynicism almost unparalleled in human history.

The paradox is, of course, the notion that wind power is ‘clean and green’, notwithstanding the fact that millions of birds and bats are belted to kingdom come with impunity.

The usual retort is that cars kill birds too; or that pelicans and penguins drenched in oil are the inevitable consequence of our reliance on fossil fuels. Which misses the point that, in the energy caper, it’s only the wind industry and its worshippers that claim to be holier than thou. Oil, gas and coal provide meaningful (ie reliable and affordable) energy; gas and coal as the principal form of electricity generation, now and for generations to come. Whereas, wind power can only ever been delivered at crazy, random intervals, cannot be stored and only exists due to massive and endless subsidies.

No, in short, there is no excuse, no justification and no reason for the wind industry’s wanton avian carnage. For those who seek to excuse it, history will not judge these hypocrites kindly.

Bird and bat bloodbath sanctioned by the Ontario Liberals
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Fauxgreen
2 February 2017

The Ontario McGuinty/Wynne Liberal governments created special legislation and regulations for industrial wind turbine owners, granting them permits to slaughter species at risk without consequences. They have license not only to kill, harm or harass a member of a species that is listed on the Species at Risk in Ontario List, but also to situate the bird-killing machines in designated Important Bird Areas—and they take full advantage.

Ontario Regulation 242/08: General under the Endangered Species Act, 2007. S.O. 2007, c.6 states in section 23.20 that

Clause 9 (1) (a) and subsection 10 (1) of the Act do not apply to a person who is engaged in the operation of a wind facility and who, in the course of the operation of the wind facility, kills, harms or harasses a member of a species that is listed on the Species at Risk in Ontario List as an endangered or threatened species, or damages or destroys the habitat of such a species…

Fauna not at risk are fair game, no permit required.

The federal Liberal minister of the environment, Catherine McKenna, doesn’t see anything wrong with this. McKenna’s straw-woman response to Sen. Bob Runciman’s request to assess the cumulative effect the killing machines have on birds and bats is that “wind turbines kill relatively few birds when compared to cats, windows on buildings, vehicles and transmission lines.”

Bird Studies Canada, claiming to be “Canada’s leading science-based bird conservation organization,” and others of its ilk don’t seem to care about the wind industry’s bloody bird and bat massacres. In Bird Studies Canada’s Top 6 Ways You Can Help Birds web page, there is not a single word about it. Instead we are fed greenie kumbaya pap such as: “Reducing overall consumption, and making ‘greener’ choices generally, reduces your environmental footprint and benefits all wildlife over time.”

The save-the-planet environmentalist-pretenders sure don’t care. As Oxford biologist Clive Hambler pointed out in 2013 (emphasis added):

Wind farms are devastating populations of rare birds and bats across the world, driving some to the point of extinction. Most environmentalists just don’t want to know. Because they’re so desperate to believe in renewable energy, they’re in a state of denial. But the evidence suggests that … renewables pose a far greater threat to wildlife than climate change.

Over in the UK, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Birds (RSPB), as James Delingpole derisively called it in 2014, has also lost its way:

A wind farm in Scotland, which the RSPB was instrumental in easing through the planning process ten years ago has successfully destroyed all but one of the forty breeding pairs of golden plover in the region.

… birds are what the RSPB – originally known as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds – was established to protect.

… it appears to have decided that the “birds” in its name no longer have much relevance to its campaigning causes. In fact it appears increasingly to view their destruction with equanimity.

… the RSPB … made up its mind … that climate change was such an important issue that supporting renewable energy was more important than stopping birds being sliced and diced by gigantic eco-crucifixes … despite copious evidence from around the world of the millions of birds (and bats) killed by turbines each year.

As usual, it’s a case of follow-the-money. As James Delingpole reported, the RSPB “is making hundreds of thousands of pounds from the wind power industry.” Bird-protection mandate and charity status obligations be damned.

The wind industry worldwide is very good at hiding mortality rates, and governments and the mainstream media don’t care for the truth—it would ruin their save-the-planet-from-burning-up-with-green-technology narrative. Wildlife expert Jim Wiegand and other analysts estimated in 2013 that in the United States, the industrial wind turbines annually kill up to 39 million birds and bats, but the wind industry will never admit it.

The wind industry is hiding over 90% of the bird and bat mortality caused by their turbines. This statement is supported by the industry’s own data and reasonable adjustments for its manipulations.

The wind industry is … producing faulty, misleading and even fraudulent documents to hide the serious and growing mortality. This situation has continued for years but has been shielded by state and federal agencies and other supporters of wind power.

This brings us to indefatigable wind warrior Esther Wrightman, an Ontario wind turbine refugee who fled to New Brunswick. Last year she filed a Freedom of Information request (FOI) with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in order to obtain the wind industry’s mandatory bird and bat mortality reports. In January she finally received “loads” of them, for a hefty fee. The mortality numbers are disturbing. Esther writes:

As the bird and bat mortality reports are slowly uncovered, the numbers just seem to get worse and worse. I never imagined it could get this low, but then again nobody was releasing this info to the public, so how were we to know?

As she implies, real news like this is hardly ever published in the mainstream media and certainly not advertised by bird protection organizations such as Bird Studies Canada. Not surprising when you consider that Bird Studies Canada partners with the Canadian Wind Energy Association, Environment Canada and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources to maintain the Wind Energy Bird & Bat Monitoring Database and produce the Wind Energy Bird and Bat Monitoring Database Summary of the Findings from Post-construction Monitoring Reports, dated July 2016.

Of course, the Canadian Wind Energy Association, Environment Canada and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources all have a vested interest in NOT broadcasting how many birds and bats the wind industry kills every year. That would be bad for the subsidy-sucking, taxpayer-gouging wind business, and really bad for public acceptance of government greenie, ”sustainable,” “alternative energy,“ “tackling climate change,” “decarbonizing,” “reducing carbon pollution,” “changing behaviour,” “economy and environment go together,” “saving the planet” policies.

It is therefore astonishing and laudable that the Wind Energy Bird and Bat Monitoring Database Summary concludes that there are serious problems with respect to the scientific validity of the bird and bat mortality estimates:

The mortality estimates presented here potentially underestimate true mortality as they are based solely on carcasses that fell within 50 m of the turbine base.

…the proportion of carcasses expected to fall outside of 50 m [estimated] to be up to 51.8% of birds, based on 4 studies that searched a radius up to 85 m.

For 80 m turbines, carcasses were expected to fall to a maximum distance of 156 m. These findings indicate that the mortality estimates presented here may underestimate true mortality…

The numbers in the FOI reports that Esther obtained, while shocking, are probably just the tip of the iceberg. And just imagine the numbers world-wide!

And for what are millions of birds and bats being sacrificed, with hardly a peep of protest to be heard from the many (co-opted) bird protection organizations around the world? It would be bad enough if their deaths were collateral damage for a greater good, but the terrible fact is that they are being slaughtered for nothing except a morally corrupt ideology—the massive scientific deception of manmade climate change, where the industrial wind abominations supposedly are a remedy for what is actually a non-existent problem.

The killer wind machines, these fake-green, bird-and-bat-slaughtering, taxpayer-robbing, corporate-welfare, crony-capitalist monstrosities, will never meet our energy needs, will never have any redeeming value whatsoever—not for the environment, not for the economy, not for our quality of life.
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Waterloo, SA: Kym Dixon with another victim of wind cult doublethink.

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Comments

  1. The information in this article is truly alarming!
    https://abcbirds.org/wind-energy-threatens-birds/
    Did you realize that birds are being electrocuted on transmission wires?

  2. What fools the green- left ideology makes of its cult followers and
    politicians acting out of vested interests, pushing the not -fit- for -purpose wind industry. It is a World wide scam.
    Thank you STT for continuing to expose the corrupt activities and cover up.
    Apart from the deliberate slaughter of birds and bats the wind industry knowingly destroy human’s quality of life.
    We all have a legal right to live in peace and quite in our own homes.

  3. Crispin Trist says:

    Speaking of (metal) birds. Boeing and Wind Turbines. They’ve got history. It’s was a pretty ugly machine though. Thank goodness they continued with aircraft design and production.

    And I quote…

    Historical Snapshot

    During the early 1970s, Boeing Engineering and Construction Co. took a world leadership role in the design and development of large wind energy systems.

    The federal wind energy system was initiated in 1973 by the National Science Foundation and absorbed in 1977 into the Department of Energy (DOE). Its goal was to demonstrate the commercial feasibility of wind power.

    That same year, Boeing won the NASA and DOE contract for design, fabrication, construction, installation and testing of 2,500-kilowatt wind turbine systems. The first four of these, designated MOD-2, went into action during the early 1980s. Three were started up during a dedication ceremony April 17, 1980, at Goodnoe Hills, about 13 miles east of Goldendale, Wash. On Sept. 2, 1982, a fourth began operating at Medicine Bow, Wyo.

    The Bonneville Power Administration bought output of the Goodnoe Hills machines and integrated it into the regional power grid through lines owned by Klickitat County Public Utility District. By May 1981, the three machines working together at the Goodnoe Hills site became the first “wind farm” in the world.
    In April 1982, Boeing completed its first wind turbine for a commercial customer, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. of San Francisco, and erected it in Solano County, northern California.
    The Goodnoe Hills site was primarily a research project for Boeing, Bonneville Power Administration, NASA and Battelle Northwest Laboratories. The Solar Energy Research Institute also evaluated the suitability of megawatt-size wind turbines as a source of electricity.

    The MOD-2 wind turbines of Goodnoe Hills were running through 1986 and then dismantled. In 1985, the last full year of operation, the combined electrical output of the three turbines was 8,251 megawatt-hours — enough to power about 1,000 average Northwest homes for a year. Project manager Peter Goldman called the five-year, $55 million research project “an absolute success.” The Medicine Bow MOD-2 wind turbine was sold for scrap metal in 1987 and dynamited over.

    The next-generation Boeing-built wind turbine, the MOD-5B, was barged to Kahuku on the island of Oahu in Hawaii in 1986 and was running by July 1987. It weighed 939,000 pounds (425,923 kilograms )and had a 320-foot-diameter (97-meter-diameter) two-blade rotor on a 200-foot (61-meter) steel tower. It was entirely automatic, with software changes made using the public telephone system. It operated in winds from 9 to 60 miles (14 to 96 kilometers) per hour and could reach rated power at 7.2 megawatts at wind speeds of 30.6 miles (49 kilometers) per hour. At a rotational speed of 17.2 rpm, the blade tip velocity was 206 miles (331 kilometers) per hour. By Nov. 20, 1987, it completed its first 1,000 hours of operation and had produced enough electrical energy for 1,500 homes.

    Early in 1988, operation of the turbine was transferred to Hawaiian Electric Inc., then to the Makani Uwila Power Corp. (MUPC) and kept in service intermittently until late in 1996. At that time, due to financial difficulties, the wind turbine was shut down, along with the rest of MUPC, and passed to the property owner, Campbell Estates. With no prospects for continued operation, Campbell Estates decided to disassemble and scrap the MOD-5B. Before this decommissioning, the DOE salvaged the drive train gearbox and generator in July 1998.

    Although Boeing got out of the wind turbine business during the late 1980s and returned to its more traditional products of aircraft and spacecraft, the Boeing-built wind turbines set several world records for diameter and power output. In 1987, the MOD-5B was the largest single wind turbine operating in the world. It featured the first large-scale variable speed drive train and a sectioned, two-blade rotor that enabled easy transport of the blades.

    The Boeing wind turbine research and development program pioneered many of the multi-megawatt turbine technologies in use today, including: steel tube towers, variable-speed generators, composite blade materials and partial-span pitch control, as well as aerodynamic, structural and acoustic engineering design capabilities.

    Technical Specifications

    MOD-2/MOD-5B Wind Turbines
    First use 1980
    Rotor Two-blade steel
    Blade length 300 feet, tip to tip
    Rotating nacelle. 37-foot boxcar, containing drive train, generator and other equipment
    Power potential. 10 million kilowatt-hours of electricity/year

    End quote.

    Link below.

    http://www.boeing.com/history/products/mod-2-mod-5b-wind-turbine.page

  4. Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    “Saving The Planet” Update…

    “Wind farms are devastating populations of rare birds and bats across the world, driving some to the point of extinction. Most environmentalists just don’t want to know. Because they’re so desperate to believe in renewable energy, they’re in a state of denial. But the evidence suggests that … renewables pose a far greater threat to wildlife than climate change.” – Oxford biologist Clive Hambler

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