Target: Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell
Goal: Force wind farms to take precautions to prevent killing endangered raptors
Wind farms are an important source of renewable energy and help to reduce our carbon footprint. However, these wind farms also cause hundreds of thousands of bird and bat deaths each year, including the deaths of endangered species such as golden eagles. Wind power companies should be held accountable for the endangered birds that they kill and forced to adhere to best practices when setting up these farms, including researching the possible impact of new wind farms on bird and bat populations before the wind farms are built. These measures would help to reduce the number of birds and bats killed by the turbines.
Although a good source of green energy, the enormous turbines found on industrial wind farms are a huge hazard for birds. Raptors like the golden eagle are especially vulnerable. These birds scan the ground for prey during flight and don’t notice the huge spinning turbines until it is too late. A single wind farm at Altamont Pass in California kills more than 60 eagles per year.
These bird kills go largely unpunished. Without any sort of incentive to improve its practices to minimize bird kills, especially of endangered species, the wind power industry will continue with business as usual. That why it is important that it be held accountable for its actions and encouraged to locate wind farms at sites that will minimize environmental impacts.
Dear Secretary Jewell,
Wind power is an important part of our plan to reduce global warming; however, this does not mean that wind power companies should be given a free pass to kill endangered birds and bats. These companies should be encouraged to avoid development in environmentally sensitive areas, and to research other ways to reduce their environmental impact.
Without a system of reward and punishment there will be no incentive for these companies to mitigate the harm they cause to endangered species, and these practices will become business as usual. With appropriate motivation wind companies will discover new ways to limit environmental impacts so that they can continue to be a viable source of renewable energy in the future.
Please encourage these companies to take measures to reduce bird kills, and to research new and better ways to build wind farms that will limit their environmental impact.
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