Wholesale Slaughter: America’s Wind Turbines Mincing Tens of Millions of Bats Every Year

The wind power cult have no difficulty in justifying the destruction of pristine landscapes; the dismemberment of once cohesive, rural communities; the creation of toxic waste lands in China (where the rare earths essential to wind turbines are processed); power prices that punish the poorest and most vulnerable in society; and barely bat an eyelid at the slaughter of millions upon millions of birds and bats, across the globe.

In the US, a recent study has exposed the fact that the number of bats belted into oblivion by these things is magnitudes greater than originally estimated by wind industry controlled surveys.

Instead of a mere 2 to 3 million critters being annihilated annually, it appears that the numbers of bats killed by wind turbines in the USA may well be somewhere north of 20 million, every single year.

‘Green’ Carnage Study: In 2019 US Wind Turbines Killed 3.7 Million Bats – And This Is A Gross Underestimate
No Tricks Zone
Kenneth Richard
25 June 2020

Due to the expansion of wind energy projects in the United States in the last decade, a conservative estimate for yearly bat fatalities from wind turbines ranges between 1.7 to 3.7 million. A new study suggests death numbers may be 4 to 7 times higher due to carcass search deficiencies.

It is estimated that North American migratory bat populations will decline by 90% over the next 50 years due to the expanding presence of wind turbines (Frick et al., 2017). As of 2015, about 25% of North American bat species were already considered vulnerable or endangered (Hammerson et al., 2017).

Image Source: Frick et al., 2017 and Hammerson et al., 2017

A harrowing new study suggests researchers may be vastly underestimating wind turbine bat fatalities due to biased-low carcass detection practices.

Smallwood and Bell (2020) report that dogs perform far better than humans at locating bat carcasses, but even dogs miss 3 out of every 4 bats observed colliding with wind turbines. This is because a) injured bats may temporarily recover enough to fly 10s of meters away from the collision site, and b) because scavengers can quickly collect the freshly dead or injured bats before dogs (and humans) can recover them.

Consequently, the 1.7 to 3.7 million bats killed by U.S. wind turbines each year (2019) may be a vast underestimate. Smallwood and Bell suggest the real death numbers are likely 4 to 7 times higher than that.

At this rate, the extinction clock for North American bats may not be 50 years off, but only a decade or two away.

Image Source: Smallwood and Bell, 2020

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Comments

  1. Jim Wiegand - Wildlife Biologist says:

    How badly rigged is wind energy research?
    Over a 20 year span at Altamont (using 30-90 days search cycles) the research was so poorly conducted that only a handful of bats were ever reported being killed.
    A period of time in which thousands upon thousands were killed. Maybe even hundreds of thousands. Of course when thousands of gulls, ravens and other scavengers are patrolling Altamont turbines, bats quickly disappear.

    This is an absolute and easily verifiable fact………Smallwoods ridiculous and contrived research from 1998-2003 around thousands of turbines at Altamont…………. Only 4 bats were found and reported.
    There really is no good reason for anyone to ever quote this guy’s terrible nonscientific opinions.

  2. Jim Wiegand - Wildlife Biologist says:

    I’m very familiar with the research produced over the years by Smallwood and Bell. Their work is deceptive nonscientific garbage with an obvious low mortality wind energy bias. In this study estimates were extrapolated (common industry trick) from previously conducted fraudulent research in 2012 is insane. Bat fatalities are likely 10-20 times higher than this study’s estimates because wind energy research since the 1980’s has been derived from manufactured methodologies designed to hide mortality impacts.

  3. Reblogged this on ajmarciniak and commented:
    The wind power cult have no difficulty in justifying the destruction of pristine landscapes; the dismemberment of once cohesive, rural communities; the creation of toxic waste lands in China (where the rare earths essential to wind turbines are processed); power prices that punish the poorest and most vulnerable in society; and barely bat an eyelid at the slaughter of millions upon millions of birds and bats, across the globe.

    In the US, a recent study has exposed the fact that the number of bats belted into oblivion by these things is magnitudes greater than originally estimated by wind industry controlled surveys.

    Instead of a mere 2 to 3 million critters being annihilated annually, it appears that the numbers of bats killed by wind turbines in the USA may well be somewhere north of 20 million, every single year.

  4. Graeme No.3 says:

    Since bats eat lots & lots of insects (including agricultural pest types) the destruction of the bat population will result in a big increase in the use of pesticides by farmers.
    This will cause the Greens (when they realise) to demand that the use of pesticides be stopped. The result will be less agricultural output and price rises.
    The Greens will then demand that all farmers that haven’t gone bankrupt resort to “sustainable” agriculture. The result will be even less agricultural output, and the price of food will rise steeply.
    I am not sure what lunatic idea they will put forward then, but I am sure it won’t be eliminating the cause of the problem.

  5. Reblogged this on uwerolandgross.

  6. “As described above, ground-based bat acoustic monitoring, and bat mist netting were conducted in July-August 2017 using protocols that have been approved by the USFWS. Based on the results of the mist netting described above, which indicated the presence of an endangered Indiana bat in the project area in the summer, Petitioner plans to secure a technical assistance letter from the USFWS for the Indiana bat and may ultimately apply for and obtain an Incidental Take Permit from the USFWS for the listed bats.“
    Testimony from Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission hearing for cause #44978 NextEra Energy/Jordan Creek Wind Farm Warren County Indiana in 2017. State ruled in favor of cause knowing of this killing. Construction started in 2020

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