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Tuesday
May142013

Obama wants to let windfarms kill eagles with impunity

AP is reporting that the Obama administration is considering new rules that would allow wind farms to kill eagles with impunity:

Eagle deaths have forced the Obama administration into a difficult choice between its unbridled support for wind energy and enforcing environmental laws that could slow the industry's growth.

Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, in an interview with the AP before his departure, denied any preferential treatment for wind. Interior Department officials said that criminal prosecution, regardless of the industry, is always a "last resort."

"There's still additional work to be done with eagles and other avian species, but we are working on it very hard," Salazar said. "We will get to the right balance."

Meanwhile, the Obama administration has proposed a rule that would give wind-energy companies potentially decades of shelter from prosecution for killing eagles. The regulation is currently under review at the White House.

The article notes that oil companies have been handed enormous fines for killing wolves. This looks like an extraordinarily unevenhanded approach to the law. Coming on top of the revelation that the tax authorities in the US targeted Obama's political opponents one can sense something of a pattern emerging.

And not a pretty one either.

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Reader Comments (21)

Green legs good, black legs bad...

May 14, 2013 at 2:21 PM | Unregistered CommenterDodgy Geezer

Climate change was a non-event in the Presidential election. Nonetheless, judging from his inaugural address, Obama seems to assume he has a mandate for drastic action to control energy production and consumption. The press needs to give him a harder time.

May 14, 2013 at 2:21 PM | Unregistered CommenterNicholas Hallam

The damage that the environmental lobby does to the world knows no bounds. I've been struggling through Terry Pratchett's latest collaborative with Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen, a book on science from perspective of the Discworld universe. It is full of the usual swipes at sceptics and how smart scientists are compared to everyone else. Pratchett can't bring himself to admit that the serious plight of the orangutan, a creature he has done much to champion, is made far worse by green bio-fuel directives introduced in the name of climate change prevention.

May 14, 2013 at 2:40 PM | Unregistered CommenterBloke down the pub

Birds killed by oil = Bad.

Birds killed by windmill = Good.

May 14, 2013 at 3:10 PM | Unregistered CommenterStuck-Record

OT but hey what can you do...


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22524597

US shale oil supply shock shifts global power balance
A steeper-than-expected rise in US shale oil reserves is about to change the global balance of power between new and existing producers, a report says.

Over the next five years, the US will account for a third of new oil supplies, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

May 14, 2013 at 3:42 PM | Unregistered Commenterconfused

In 2009 Exxon was fined $7000 per bird killed after said migratory birds landed in waste water:

How Much is a Bird's Life Worth?

May 14, 2013 at 3:46 PM | Unregistered CommenterDonna Laframboise

Add this hypocrisy to that of the "Green" groups in the UK and the RSPB and you get an accurate picture of life (and death) in the Brave New Green World.

May 14, 2013 at 3:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterDon Keiller

Well, to balance the special arrangements for eagles, we have the special arrangements for bedbugs. So while the eagles are threatened, the bedbugs are thriving over there.

Why are bedbugs back in the USA and in such large numbers? They seem to be on a march across all 50 states, infesting hotels, offices, apartment houses, hostels, shelters, movie theaters and retail stores or anywhere large numbers of people come and go.

What has happened? These creatures have been a very irritating part of everyday life for most of human history. But in urban America, unlike many developing countries, they had virtually vanished due to the use of DDT and other pesticides such as propoxur. Now these pesticides are banned and their resiliency to our remaining useable pesticides has left us almost without defense.


http://www.abc-oriental-rug.com/bedbugs.html

I expect we shall soon see UN-backed recipes promoted for how best to eat them.

Oh what a tangled web they weave ...

May 14, 2013 at 4:04 PM | Registered CommenterJohn Shade

Here in the UK today the Ptarmigan breeding season is threatened by unseasonable falls of a white powder enabling hordes of skiers and snowboarders to disturb their nesting areas. It's a travesty.
http://www.cairngormmountain.org/

May 14, 2013 at 4:32 PM | Unregistered Commenterroger

The government picking industry winners and losers to fit a political agenda. No wonder the economy is still struggling.

May 14, 2013 at 4:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterEric H.

Wrong thead -comment deleted

May 14, 2013 at 4:53 PM | Registered CommenterPharos

John Shade - bed bugs
It's also the green obsession with saving energy by not washing bed linen above 30 degrees. Bed bugs and all other kinds of nasties love temperatures around blood temperature. I mean that's what they're designed for.

May 14, 2013 at 4:55 PM | Unregistered Commenteroxonmoron

AP reports?

Obama secretly seizes AP's phone records.

http://www.thedrum.com/news/2013/05/14/us-govt-tapping-journalist-phone-lines-massive-intrusion-says-ap-boss

May 14, 2013 at 6:05 PM | Unregistered CommenterBetapug

Didn't they change the law here to protect windmills by de-criminalising killing endangered birds?

Mailman

May 14, 2013 at 7:20 PM | Unregistered CommenterMailman

N. Hallam - 14.21
An impressive list of links between the US administration and the media can be found at Suyt's Space on 12 May 2013. CNN, ABC etc.
It helps explain why Obama gets such an easy ride over so many thorny problems - including bird mincers.

May 14, 2013 at 8:15 PM | Unregistered CommenterG.Watkins

GW,

Barry is the second coming if Christ for the overly left leaning pro-democrat, Repiblican hating MFM in America. They see supporting him through self censorship as a religious duty to their man god (plus it reinforces their hatred of republicans and Fox News).

Mailman

May 14, 2013 at 8:21 PM | Unregistered CommenterMailman

"We had to destroy the environment to save it." Now where have we heard that idea before?

May 15, 2013 at 1:56 AM | Unregistered CommenterJack Hughes

The number of scandals, involving the Obama administration, seems to be on the increase. All involve some sort of attempted cover-up. Of course these events never seem to reach the news room of the BBC.

May 15, 2013 at 8:57 AM | Unregistered CommenterPeter Stroud

If you are on the left, there is no need to be consistent. The struggle against those currently designated the bad guys trumps all. Thus oil companies are bad, while wind companies are not. So a dead eagle from one is not at all the same thing as a dead eagle from the other. Bedbugs on the other hand are developing into a protected species thanks to the demonisation of DDT and other suitable squishers of them, but this is just an unfortunate spin-off from the deification of 'the environment', and its displacing of 'the proletariat' as the main focus of concern for all good lefties. So, the facts that many Americans suffer from bedbugs, and many eagles are killed by windfarms, are neither here nor there. You can't make an omelette without breaking some eggs - is that not how the argument goes?

May 15, 2013 at 10:14 AM | Registered CommenterJohn Shade

Would be nice if he stuck to golf to get his birdies and eagles

May 15, 2013 at 10:48 AM | Unregistered CommenterDEEBEE

Glenn Greenwald, the security and freedom man for The Guardian, was on fine form yesterday in The major sea change in media discussions of Obama and civil liberties:

Due to the controversies over the IRS and (especially) the DOJ's attack on AP's news gathering process, media outlets have suddenly decided that President Obama has a very poor record on civil liberties, transparency, press freedoms, and a whole variety of other issues on which he based his first campaign. The first two paragraphs of this Washington Post article from yesterday, expressed in tones of recent epiphany, made me laugh audibly ...

That I think really is news, from a newspaper that should know.

May 16, 2013 at 4:39 PM | Registered CommenterRichard Drake

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