Thursday, October 20, 2011

Bats and Windmills, not so perfect together.

I was going through some posts over at Watts Up With That and came across one (Holy irony, Batman!) about how the death of one Indiana bat (an endangered species) has caused a small wind farm (36 turbines) east of Pittsburgh to be shut down at night.

That, in turn led to a blog post about a Canadian project on Wolfe Island in the St. Lawrence River and a proposed New York project in the same area. (Cape Vincent, NY and Wolfe Island are located at the drainage of Lake Ontario in to the St. Lawrence.) The Indiana bat has a documented territory that overlaps some of the proposed wind farm.

(The latter also points out the personal involvement of Darrel Aubertine, New York's Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner. Seems he owns some of the land involved in the development of the New York wind farm project. But that's a whole 'nother kettle of fish.)

Meanwhile, alternative sources of energy just do not seem to be as "green" as their backers claim them to be.

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