American wind turbines kill 1.4 million birds and bats each year, a new peer-reviewed study discloses — while producing just 3 percent of U.S. electricity.
The numbers indicate that President Obama's global warming plan will kill hundreds of millions of birds and bats — with dire consequences — "while doing little if anything to reduce global temperatures," energy and environment writer James Taylor observes in an article for Forbes.com.
Even if no new wind turbines are built, turbine blades will kill 14 million birds and bats during the next decade, according to the study published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin.
Yet the Obama administration has never fined or prosecuted a wind farm for killing eagles and other protected bird species, although each death is a federal crime and the administration has prosecuted oil companies when birds drown in their waste pits and power companies when birds are electrocuted by their power lines, Fox News reported in May.
Obama has championed a $1 billion-a-year tax break to the industry that nearly doubled the amount of wind power in his first term. And his recently announced campaign to reduce global warming may seek to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 80 percent. Since climate change alarmists oppose nuclear, coal, and natural gas power, reducing emissions would require a 25-fold increase in the production of electricity from wind power.
That would lead to the deaths of 350 million birds and bats in the United States each decade, Taylor surmises.
"How would bird and bat populations be able to sustain themselves under such an onslaught?" Taylor writes. "The answer is, most bird and bat populations likely couldn't sustain themselves, and President Obama's climate plan would initiate an open-ended aviary holocaust the likes of which we have never before seen."
Since birds and bats are vital in controlling insect populations, the deaths of so many birds and bats would lead to an increase in insect-borne diseases and a decline in crop production, requiring farmers to use more and stronger pesticides.
Yet "sacrificing hundreds of millions of American birds and bats would do nothing to impact global temperatures," Taylor adds, pointing out that China alone emits more carbon dioxide than the entire Western Hemisphere.