The right-wing media are fond of cherry-picking reports of bat and bird deaths in order to attack wind energy. Their selective outrage never seems to extend to the far more serious effects of energy from fossil fuels. For example, the offshore Deepwater Horizon/BP Oil Spill, which killed thousands of animals including birds, dolphins and whales, and sea turtles, many of which are endangered.
Well, it turns out that wind farms do not cause long-term damage to bird populations, according to a major new study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology. The authors of the study did find that precautions in the construction of wind farms were needed to avoid impacts on bird habitat.
“It shows that there can be serious species-level impacts in the construction phase, so construction in the right place is absolutely key. But what it hasn’t shown is that wind farms are ‘bird blenders’. There is no impact from the turning of the blades,” said Martin Harper, the RSPB’s UK conservation director.
Wind is indisputably the cheapest source of energy. Now that their bogus talking point has been discredited, what will the right-wingers do? They could go with a zombie lie strategy, or try to think up a new irrational reason to oppose wind power.