Monday, May 21, 2012

Eagles Commit Suicide, Screaming “Obama”

We all want to protect the majestic symbol of America, the bald eagle. The current administration says the same thing. However, when it comes to protecting a magnificent endangered species versus promoting pie-in-the-sky green energy scams, the bird is going to lose every time. Crony capitalism is more important than a flying predator.

The problem is those wonderful wind turbines, which for the eagles are high-speed ginsu knives. Bald eagles are being sliced and diced to death at an astounding rate. It’s currently unclear how many of those bald eagles are actually golden eagles (the other national symbol) which have been scalped by the ecowindmills. It’s the new Obama National Theater production of Bye Bye Birdie.

The eagles join other raptors such as falcons, condors, and red-tailed hawks (the latter are not yet endangered) in suicidal plunges toward earth to snatch up their prey. Unfortunately, between the birds and their prey there are ever-increasing numbers of gigantic whirling filet machines designed to wean us off carbon products by the year 2030 (or the year 3000, depending on whose figures you believe). Marines facing potential death during a charge yelled “Geronimo” (before it became a politically-incorrect racial hate speech). Reports are that the eagles are screaming “Obama.”

Currently, the US Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that about 440,000 birds are killed each year by wind turbines. By the target year of 2030, there will be approximately 100,000 of those giant Cuisinarts killing nearly a million birds per year. Well, that’s life, says the administration. In order to kill off the demon petroleum enemy, we have to kill off a few avian civilians in the process. Acceptable losses. Collateral damage. Which would you rather have—a global warming Armageddon or a few dead birds?

Now you could help speed the process along by simply shooting a bald eagle whenever you get a chance. That is you could if you don’t mind incurring a $5,000 first offense fine and/or a year in jail. When you bag your second eagle, the fine doubles and if charged as a felony, you can get five years in prison or a $250,000 fine, or both. But if your ecoweenie windmills kill off sixty-seven eagles per year (the current annual count for the wind farms located in the Livermore California Altamont Pass alone), well them’s the breaks. The gummint calls the raptor losses “lethal take.” Lethal take = acceptable losses = collateral damage. It’s the ecoweenies’ version of “oops.”

Last year, the Obama administration sent out federal recon troops to ferret out bird-killers. They caught more miscreants than a good SEAL team. In North Dakota alone, specially-appointed US Attorney Timothy Purdon prosecuted seven oil producers for killing off twenty-eight birds that aren’t even on the endangered species list. The birds included mallard ducks, gadwall ducks, and one lone sandpiper. All of the birds had mistaken an open waste pit for a pond. All are covered by the Migratory Bird Treaty, so Mr. Purdon sought six months in jail plus $15,000 per bird for the accidental loss. A judge who hadn’t been drinking heavily that day ultimately dismissed the cases as overcharging and overzealousness on the part of the government.

Not so fortunate was Pacific Corporation in Wyoming, which paid $10.5 million in fines for the death of 232 golden eagles over a five-year period when the eagles perched on the company’s power lines and got fried. The Altamont wind farms can kill that many in under four years, but since wind turbines will save us from global warming, there will be no repercussions.

This is just one more example of how true believers belong in mental institutions and not in government. The paranoia of choosing between inefficient windmills and living beings is enough to drive any normal person nuts. But bureaucrats are bureaucrats (as we have discussed multiple times on this site), so they will do what they’re told to do. If those who tell them are econuts and Obama cronies, no matter. Anything that will save us from drowning in oil, choking to death from gasoline fumes, or sinking under the waters caused by melting polar caps is worth the sacrifice. After all, they’re only birds.


TJ said...

Yeah, they're only birds, and yet the ecoweenies have decimated California's central valley over a worthless fish. You are so right, Lawhawk, they all belong in a mental institution.

Unknown said...

TJ: Aw, ya hadda mention the fish. My blood pressure and heart rate were almost back to normal. LOL Maybe we could keep "windmill free corridors" over the habitat of the Delta smelt, and teach the birds to feast on them. Except for one problem, we could make that work. The problem is that the Delta smelt is so useless even vultures won't eat them.

Tehachapi Tom said...

Bald Eagles are fish eaters. They nest in tall trees as does the Golden Eagle.
Altamont Pass is devoid of even scrub brush so has no habitat that either species needs.
Altamont Pass is also in a very dry area with no bodies of water of sufficient size to support large fish eating raptors.
The wind farm areas of the Tehachapi Pass and San Gorgonia are also devoid of the habitat required to support these magnificent birds.
I feel this concept must be applying the same methods of logic algore uses.

Unknown said...

Tehachapi Tom: I lived in Livermore and traveled through the Altamont Pass rather regularly. Either those were very large sparrows, or there are (were) eagles.

Eagles prefer fish, but like the condor they'll also eat carrion (and there's plenty of that in the Altamont Pass). The US Fish and Wildlife Service has every reason to lowball those figures, so I suspect the numbers may even be higher, though the raptor population in the Pass is rapidly decreasing by simple attrition. Then, of course, there's the Bethany Forebay dam and reservoir which is not exactly a birdbath.

Likewise, here in very dry Caliente, I have a nesting pair of Golden Eagles who return about this time each year to a tree in almost direct line of sight from my house. I don't know about the Tehachapi Pass or the San Gorgonio Pass, but here's a recent article about statewide eagle deaths that does include the Tehachapi Mountains: Golden Eagles Face Extinction.

AndrewPrice said...

Once again proving that liberals are stupid.

Unknown said...

Andrew: And confused.

T-Rav said...

"Which would you rather have—a global warming Armageddon or a few dead birds?"

Uh, I'll have "global warming Armageddon" for $600, Alex. Because I'm just that apocalyptic. (And also to confound the lefties.)

Unknown said...

T-Rav: Now remember, you must give your answer in the form of a question. For instance, "which dumabass scheme do the Democrats prefer--the extinction of birds or the extinction of humanity?"

Tehachapi Tom said...

Wellllllllllllll if it is me or the birds can I have another choice?

Democrats said...

We'll go for the extinction of everything if we have to. Anything to save Mother Earth.

Unknown said...

Tehachapi Tom: Sure--but you'll have to get the permission of the ecoweenies.

Unknown said...

Democrats: My apologies for not paying due deference to Gaea.

Individualist said...


Why can't they put giant wind guards on the fans so that the birds will not be able to run into the blades.

Unknown said...

Indi: Leave it to you to come up with a logical solution as well as a question I don't have a clue how to answer. LOL

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