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  1. patsfan13

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    Article from PA wind farms negativly impacting bat population:





    Expensive unreliable electricity birds and bats and eco system getting shredded.
     
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    Excellent article! Really goes deeply into the "science" and explains a lot. Did Kim Kardashian write this?

    So lemme guess...you like bats more than caribou.

    Which means their demise is really, really bad. Why, you ask? Because, if you listen to Elton John’s groovy soundtrack to 1994’s The Lion King , there’s this thing called the Circle of Life, and it exists outside the world of the animated jungle.

    ...Hein says the country’s lag on going green may have an effect, too. The earth’s warming may have as of now unknown effects on the migratory policies of Pennsylvania’s bat population, too, which could change the way deterrent systems affect the creatures.

    “I don’t think there’s anyone saying we can’t have a wind farm,” says Lengel, “but maybe the way we manage a wind farm and maybe change the certain times of year where you use deterrent devices and … others where you put your wind farm in some kind of stasis. I don’t think it’s saying no wind farms. But it’s knowing the future impact.”


    Also liked how they connected the wind farms with increase in pesticides because all the bats are getting "shredded" by the turbines. Too funny.

    THIS GENOCIDE MUST END!
     
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    Bats Eat Mosquitos

    I have a "Bat House"

    If they put a windmill near my bat house I'll blow the f-cking thing up.

    Uncle Teddy & John "Fonda" Kerry didn't want windmills near their boats and I don't want them near my Bat House.
     
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    I think wistah's point was that people seem to be selective about when they care about ecosystems and impact on various species.
     
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    Don't you green bastards f-ck with my bats, I'm warning you.
     
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    Perhaps, of course not all activities impact the ecosystem the same way or to the same extent.
     
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    wind energy is such a failure. If it suits a company or a small town in a windy area than fine. But the mass scale investment in the industry is a waste of money ... the benefits do not outweigh the costs and it doesn't produce the power needed.
     
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    Kinda like the only reason PF13 cares about this is it allegedly reflects poorly on a form of renewable energy, which for some reason he has a deep-seated aversion to. Someone should really build a coal-fired plant next door to his house.
     
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    of course -- but thoughts about the ecosystem are often mocked by the right when it comes to their favored activities (and in fairness, they're ignored by the left when it suits them, too)
     
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    Hold on. If bats go extinct, what animal's-sh1t crazy will newt and Sarah be?
     
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    This is why bats are dying off and have been for that last three to four years, it isn't some bat killing wind mills. What a steaming turd of a thread.

    White nose syndrome - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) is a poorly understood disease associated with the deaths of at least 5.7 million to 6.7 million North American bats.[1] The condition, named for a distinctive fungal growth around the muzzles and on the wings of hibernating bats, was first identified in a cave in Schoharie County, New York, USA, in February 2006.[2] It has rapidly spread[3] and as of spring 2010, the condition had been found in over 115 caves and mines ranging mostly throughout the Northeastern US and as far south as Alabama and west to Missouri and into four Canadian provinces.[4][5]
     
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    Had a bat die from that at our house he was outside the window and never left starved to death sad.


    Of course this doesn't account for the 10 of thousands being found by windmils after they have been killed by the turbine blades.
     
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    are tens of thousands a meaningful hit to the bat population in terms of environmental effects?
     
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    That's pretty alarming. The bat population has been on the decline because of disease. If wind farms represent a significant danger, then it's a problem that needs to be addressed.

    That said, your Malthusian attitude towards wind farms doesn't make a lot of sense to me. In time, wind farms could fail. Alternatively, as they are perfected, demand could be driven up and costs down. From what I've read, wind farms are competitive over time because they do not require fuel to run.
     
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    It may only get rid of the stupid bats.
     
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