bald eagle

In the bizarro world of the Obama Administration, ‘Climate Change’ is the biggest threat to the planet.

So, if thousands of iconic birds are killed by wind turbines?

Apparently, no biggie.

Because…green energy!

Via WSJ:

Chalk one up for the bald eagle. The avian symbol of American freedom has beaten the Obama administration and the wind industry in court, though the majestic birds still don’t stand a chance when flying near the subsidy-fueled blades of green-energy production.

On Aug. 11, a federal judge in the Northern District of California shot down a rule proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that would have allowed the wind industry to legally kill bald eagles and golden eagles for up to three decades.

The ruling is a setback for the wind industry and President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which depends on tripling domestic wind-energy capacity to meet the plan’s projected cuts in carbon-dioxide emissions by 2030. The ruling also exposes the Obama administration’s cozy relationship with the wind industry and the danger to wildlife posed by a major expansion of wind-energy capacity.

U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh, an Obama appointee, ruled in favor of the plaintiff, the American Bird Conservancy, and against the FWS’s “eagle take” rule. Judge Koh found that the FWS violated the National Environmental Policy Act in 2013 when the agency’s director, Dan Ashe, decided that the agency could issue permits to wind-energy companies that would have allowed them to lawfully kill eagles for up to 30 years without first doing an environmental-impact assessment. Permits were previously limited to five years….

The rationale being used by renewable-energy promoters and the Obama administration is that future climate change trumps today’s wildlife concerns. Therefore, we have to kill lots of birds and bats with turbines to save them from the possibility of climate change….

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  1. Alain41 says:

    Fish and Wildlife Service didn’t do an Environmental Impact Assessment because FWS claimed that it was an administrative change. Administrative Change is exactly what it sounds like, editorial changes and the like. Changing from 5 yrs. to 30 yrs. is not administrative (changing from 30 to 5 yrs. is also not administrative). Difference: An EIA requires data to show expected amount of environmental impact whereas an admin. change doesn’t require anything other than statements like negligible impact. FWS Director Ashe has biology/environmental degrees, so looks like another case of a person going with ideology over knowledge and process. If only he had a climate change eagle impact computer model that he could fix the input data for. Reinforces that Obama cares none for national symbols. Good news here that Franklin’s turkey wasn’t adopted. (Bald eagle became national symbol in 1789 when Washington took office. JFK had this to say about symbol: “The Founding Fathers made an appropriate choice when they selected the bald eagle as the emblem of the nation. The fierce beauty and proud independence of this great bird aptly symbolizes the strength and freedom of America.”)

  2. Piquerish says:

    “The Wind Industry?” Somehow, it seems apropos that The Wind Industry would be a libtard thing. Doesn’t it?

  3. Piquerish says:

    I understand that libs spell the name of that magnificent bird with two L’s. Hey, just sayin’ here…!

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