Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, you can be prosecuted if you kill protected birds. Recently, ExxonMobil was fined $600,000 fine for killing 85 birds that came into contact with crude oil or other pollutants on company property.
Robert Bryce points out that while hundreds of these cases have been brought against energy companies, one form of energy seems immune: wind power. Yet wind turbines kill many more birds:
Michael Fry of the American Bird Conservancy estimates that U.S. wind turbines kill between 75,000 and 275,000 birds per year. Yet the Justice Department is not bringing cases against wind companies.
"Somebody has given the wind industry a get-out-of-jail-free card," Mr. Fry told me. "If there were even one prosecution," he added, the wind industry would be forced to take the issue seriously.
According to the American Wind Energy Association, the industry's trade association, each megawatt of installed wind-power results in the killing of between one and six birds per year ... a "very small fraction of those caused by other commonly accepted human activities and structures—house cats kill an estimated one billion birds annually." That may be true, but it is not much of a defense. When cats kill birds, federal law doesn't require marching them to our courthouses…
... This is a double standard that more people—and not just bird lovers—should be paying attention to ... Federal law-enforcement officials are turning a blind eye to the harm done by "green" energy.
Of course there’s a double standard. The big energy companies are evil. Wind producers are “green," so they receive a free pass.
- Pre-October 2009