Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Observe your Philosopher Kings in action

Night operation of the windmills in the North Allegheny Windpower Project has been halted following discovery of a dead Indiana bat under one of the turbines, an official with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday.

The finding marks only the second location where an Indiana bat has been found dead under a wind turbine. Two Indiana bats were found under turbines in the Mid-west, said Clint Riley, supervisor for Fish and Wildlife’s Pennsylvania field office.

“While finding the dead bat is not good news for any of us, it does show the monitoring works,” Riley said from his State College office.

The find is significant because the Indiana bat is an endangered species and is protected by the federal Endangered Species Act.
Why do Environmentalists hate endangered species?  It's a mystery.  And why do they think they're ever so much more clever than you or I?  Same mystery.

Will every Progressive who ever said the words "Republican war on science" just shut up and sit down in the back of the room?  Grownups are talking.

Oh, and if you're keeping score, shutting the windmills down at night drops their load factor (time when they actually generate usable electricity) from around 22% to about 14%.  So electricity from them doesn't cost 5 times as much, it costs 8 times as much.  Why do Environmentalists hate the poor?

Man, such a lot of mysteries ...



Chuck Kuecker said...

But all we need to do is re-engineer those turbines to make them bird-safe! It's easy! Just a few measly million bucks more per turbine.

I'm sure that the Chinese can help us out. We can send them all those obsolete German turbines now defacing our countryside, and replace them with efficient bird-safe Chinese designs!

Remember - it's not about making electricity, it's about being green!

Boat Guy said...

Gotta wonder at the conflict between the wind people and the bird people. If killing bats drops the whole lot of those inefficient obstructive massive wind turbines, then we'll be well served...
What's the casualty count for birds from all those nasty ol coal and nuke plants? Fewer, I'll wager...

Ken said...

Why do they hate the poor?

There is no god but the Dieoff, and Malthus* is his prophet.

*Kunstler's bucking for the job.

Chris said...

No mystery. One, enviros cannot truly calculate. They can't "do the math". Two, they don't really care about the real-world results of their policies, only that their positions make them *feel* superior to others. (See Thomas Sowell, "A Vision of the Anointed")