Obama admin: It’s now ok for wind turbines to kill eagles because we’re trying to save the environment
**Written by Doug Powers
News flash: You’re now allowed to kill bald eagles, but only if the people who care more about the earth’s inhabitants than you do consider your purpose just.
We’re used to end of the week document dumps, but this is more like a Friday eagle drop:
The Obama administration said Friday it will allow some companies to kill or injure bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years without penalty, an effort to spur development and investment in green energy while balancing its environmental consequences.
The change, requested by the wind energy industry, will provide legal protection for the lifespan of wind farms and other projects for which companies obtain a permit and make efforts to avoid killing the birds.
Under the change announced Friday, companies would have to commit to take additional measures if they kill or injure more eagles than they have estimated they would, or if new information suggests that eagle populations are being affected. The permits would be reviewed every five years, and companies would have to submit reports of how many eagles they kill. Now such reporting is voluntarily, and the Interior Department refuses to release the information.
So desperate has the administration become to keep perpetuating the “green” sham that eagle sacrifice has now been approved. Meanwhile, if you accidentally kill a spotted owl after chopping down a tree, you can still go to jail (a year for the owl, six months more for the tree, and three additional if it fell on a snail). Unless of course you can convince the administration you did it in order to put up a wind turbine that somehow benefited a favored campaign donor.
Before long it might be legal to dispose of batteries by dumping them in the river, but only if the batteries came from electric cars. Anything to save the planet.
**Written by Doug Powers
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