Wind Turbines don’t kill birds…people do…um…

One of the major problems with wind turbines cited by anti-wind advocates is that wind farms are quite fatal to bird populations. Or at least this is the implication. Studies are cited as to bird mortality near wind farms. Treehugger had a great post back in April about why this issue is more complicated and those claims are usually unreliable. Basically, turbines move slower in the newer models, and statistics are normally from older models. The other factor is how many birds migrate, nest, or breed in the area of the proposed wind farm. That very exposure factor, however, seems to be high at the proposed site of the Lewis Wind farm in Scotland. Hmm….maybe that’s not such a good place? How about offshore?

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