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What’s ‘green’ about destroying our water and knocking birds out of the sky?

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on July 28, 2011

I’ve attached a copy of a position statement on the proposed Wilson Creek wind farm that was prepared by the Coalition for Nevada’s Wildlife, a sports – hunting group.  I’m forwarding their information as they have researched this project and have identified areas of concern.  Even though they don’t address horses as that is not their focus area (and I’m not sure if any horses are left in the area,) the impacts on wildlife will have a ripple effect across the region.  Furthermore while we clearly are going to see solar and wind projects in the West, we need to insist that they be properly researched and designed so as to have the most minimal impact as possible on our fragile ecosystems.
The deadline for comments appears to be FRIDAY, July 22.  A link to send comments to BLM is provided on the Coalition’s comment paper.  Comments are generally given consideration when they address technical aspects of a project and its EA, so my advice is to pick one or two issues raised by the Coalition and include them in your comment message.
BLM needs to see that there is public interest in seeing that these kinds of projects are done right and that they don’t shift a new burden to the agency and taxpayers resulting from unintended consequences.  Or as a NDoW wildlife biologist once said, “What’s ‘green’ about destroying our water and knocking birds out of the sky?”
Thanks for spending a few minutes on this and passing it on.
“:O) Willis





3 Responses to “What’s ‘green’ about destroying our water and knocking birds out of the sky?”

  1. Roxy said

    Thank you. Why is anyone even contemplating wind when this is perfect territory for solar farming? That begs the question – why is anyone even contemplating solar farming when there are already millions of acres of rooftops all across the USA just sitting there waiting for solar panels? Then the question of wild horses?

    So many simple questions with such simple answers with too many simpletons in charge to see the warts on their own faces and in their souls.

  2. R. Thompson said

    Can anyone give me a documented example of where large scale wind farming has been profitable or even just economically sound? The same for solar panel operations?

    I’d also be interested in documented environmental studies, both governmental and private sector, on the impacts of wind farms. What types of wildlife and fauna do they disrupt?


    As much as I love the west, at that affection goes back to my childhood (I’m an old codger now), it has always puzzled, even dismayed me, on how much of it was founded upon the idea of “found” wealth, rather than produced … which came later. The Native Americans relied upon it for food without husbandry on the plains, and the White man’s culture relied upon it for finding “money” on the ground for the taking. Although it was necessary for the development of the west it is a long past phenomena of boom and bust towns.

    I view large scale “wind farming” as just another form of “found” resources for the sake of itself. I do believe solar energy will one day be economically harvested, but we are far away from that day yet where “storage” can meet potential.

    • Roxy said

      Germany is at least using both successfully. Profitable yet? Don’t know. Cleaner than coal, nuclear, petroleum – most definatly. Self sufficiant – absolute. Wind does take less water and is less polluting than solar farms, but solar on our roofs would solve that problem. German companies are building huge solar manufacturing plants across America – 2 huge ones going in Mesa, AZ. One production floor is as large as 4 super WalMarts – I’m doing plan review on it now – forget how many it will employ – when they go 24/7 it will be in the thousands.

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