You Can’t Make This Stuff Up…
Hey, I know. Let’s give a permit to wind farms to kill eagles. We’ll mask it with a lot of mumbo about saving them, and then the left can’t complain because we’re saving eagles AND generating electricity sometimes.
A large wind farm in Solano County would be the first renewable energy project in the nation to be issued a permit to kill eagles under a plan released Thursday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The proposal, outlined in a draft environmental report, is to issue a golden eagle take permit to the Shiloh IV Wind Project, on 3,500 acres in the Montezuma Hills between Rio Vista and Fairfield.
The unusual plan would allow the company’s 50 wind turbines to kill up to five golden eagles over a five year period in exchange for a series of measures to protect the big birds, including the retrofitting of 133 nearby power poles to prevent electrocutions.
As I’m fond of saying, most of the hard left doesn’t want to generate any power, and this is an attempt to head off some form of argument against energy production by paying indulgences to one part of the left to assuage it while hyping the green energy message to get support from some other portion of the left. I’m not as against wind power as some of the others on the conservative side, though I do find it utterly funny that wind energy is trying so hard to straddle the liberal side of things that it’s going to figuratively split its pants on this one.
You’ll note, that this permit won’t accommodate all the eagles that the farm could kill, just pay down the debt a bit. I’d comment more, but I’m afraid I’ll get crushed by the heavy irony.
Updated 9/29: Thanks to Teach over at Pirates’ Cove for sending y’all over.