"The cumulative impacts are huge," said Shawn Smallwood, one of the few recognized experts studying the impact of wind farms on migratory birds. "It is not inconceivable to me that we could reduce golden eagle populations by a great deal, if not wipe them out."I think that by now everyone has heard that the big wind turbines kill lots of birds. There's even a small industry growing up to provide bird detection radars to wind farms, so that the power can be shut off if birds are approaching. You have to admire a technology (the radar) whose sole purpose is to make a crappy original system even less efficient. Wind farms are an expensive, ground-wasting method to produce energy to begin with; now we're going to shut them down if birds are approaching? And just when are there no birds flying? As one commenter said here to a posting on green energy, in December of 2010,
California supports roughly 2,500 golden eagles. The state's largest wind farms kill, on average, more than 80 eagles per year. But the state is set to triple wind capacity in the coming years as it tries to become the first state in the nation to generate 33 percent of its electricity from clean energy sources by 2020.
“BTW, you might like to know that, over the Christmas period, our myriad wind turbines (UK) have produced as much as 1.6% of our electrical energy ... and as little as O%. Sometimes, they actually consume energy as they require internal heating in cold, still, weather. They also are driven, in still weather, to prevent damage to the bearings. Or something.”One of these days, a turbine's going to fall on someone".