A friend emailed me tonight to point out that Spain was getting 50% of its electricity from wind power. That made me recall an article I had seen a month or so ago. it suggested that there was a problem, but I couldn't recall what it was (having an old brain is like having a car without a motor). Like many, my friend, not to mention yours truly, is skeptical of global warming, but also is fearful of running out of oil. We have discussed both over the months. We will need a new energy source.
I searched my database and found that I had not made notes on that Spanish wind turbine problem. I wasn't sure what journal (I take many) it was to be found in. So, I searched. Bingo. I found it, and it tells a sad story of the lack of foresight amongst the greens.
Here is the anthropogenic global warming logic. In order to save the planet, we must go to green energy sources, wind, solar, geothermal, hydrological. That, it is said, will remove CO2 from the atmosphere and save us from the hellish heat they predict. So far so good (except the impact of CO2 is 1/5 (source) of what they claim, but other than that... going green is ok with me).
But it isn't OK with the vultures, bats or other birds. A recent study of Egyptian vultures in Spain showed that the wind farms are going to drive the vulture extinct. (source). But it isn't just vultures.
Bats too seem to love to collide with wind power turbines. (source). It also seems that the air pressure drop behind the turbines, busts up the delicate lungs of the bats.
And then there are the condors that wind turbines are killing--via collision.
Yep, going green to save the planet means vultures, condors and bats must die. Ain't saving the planet nice?
The problem with the greens is that they can't seem to think one step beyond where they are. They want to get rid of CO2 and urge going to wind power. But then, they didn't think about what those rotating blades would do to the flying wild life. It is an abysmal lack of foresight on their part.