The Obama administration announced that for the next three decades the Department of the Interior will not prosecute operators of wind farms whose turbines kill eagles, supposedly in an attempt to avoid discouraging investment in that particular “clean energy” business.
Administration close to finalizing rule to give wind farms a pass on killing eagles
— Craig Patrick FOX (@Fox13Politics) December 6, 2013
White House gives wind farms pass on killing endangered eagles http://t.co/2hSfLQZ4lm
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 6, 2013
Under pressure from wind power, Obama to allow companies to kill eagles without penalty — as boost to green energy http://t.co/hEVY17amtz
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) December 6, 2013
Via the Associated Press:
Under pressure from the wind-power industry, the Obama administration said Friday it will allow companies to kill or injure eagles without the fear of prosecution for up to three decades.
The new rule is designed to address environmental consequences that stand in the way of the nation’s wind energy rush: the dozens of bald and golden eagles being killed each year by the giant, spinning blades of wind turbines.
So, your product killing protected species is acceptable provided you’re engaging in a business approved by the Obama administration?
Hunt bald eagles & go to jail but if u own a 'green energy' boondoggle Obama's giving 30yrs to kill as many as u want http://t.co/rOmgaON9h3
— Herman Cain (@THEHermanCain) December 6, 2013
The hypocrisy is being called out big time:
Obama and the Democrats are now apparently cool with Big Wind killing Eagles for 30 years to give wind energy a try. Paging the Sierra Club.
— Mickey White (@BiasedGirl) December 6, 2013
Hypocrisy of the green movement: Go green and environmental friendly? President allows wind farms to kill more eagles…
— Unum Communitas (@UnumCommunitas) December 6, 2013
"This is not a program to kill eagles," wind power exec. says of new 30-year licenses that allow wind farms to kill eagles.
— Brad Heath (@bradheath) December 6, 2013
— ??????? ???? (@theresasmets) December 6, 2013
@jimgeraghty So Obama doesn't like when corporation make political donations, but he's okay with them killing eagles. Got it!
— Uri Blago (@UriBlago) December 6, 2013
Gotta kill eagles in order to save them. "This is not a program to kill eagles," says AWEA. "This permit program is about conservation."
— Robert Bryce (@pwrhungry) December 6, 2013
It's OK for wind farms to kill eagles but it's not OK to have a pipeline that kills nothing!?
— Frank M Grubb (@fmg223) December 6, 2013
"Hi, I'm here to request a permit to kill bald eagles without any penalty," Tom asks, wondering to himself how he got to this point
— Mark Berman (@markberman) December 6, 2013
Wind Farms: It cool with you if we kill bald eagles for the next 3 decades? Government: It's our official symbol and all, but sure.
— Jim Swift (@JimSwiftDC) December 6, 2013
Wind turbines that kill eagles are okay while border fences that hinder jaguars & lizards from crossing over from Mexico are bad.
— Ben (@WyattBEarp) December 6, 2013
— Tony Lockhart (@tonylb17) December 6, 2013
Allowing wind farm operators to go unpunished for the animals their turbines kill, ostensibly to provide the country with “clean energy,” is sure to be the ultimate dilemma for the eco/enviro crowd. That is, if they decide to take notice.