28 May '13, 1am

Protecting #Eagles While Working to Guide #Wind Development

Protecting #Eagles While Working to Guide #Wind Development

Recent reports of eagles being killed by wind turbines have stirred up a lot of emotion and controversy and understandably so. On the one hand, more wind energy will get the U.S. on the right side of the climate fight and help curb our greenhouse gas emissions, which are a huge threat to wildlife, including eagles. On the other, the majestic bald eagle is the symbol of our nation and the golden eagle is a much loved and ecologically important species, which is why the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act singled them both out for federal protection by the 1960’s. But we don’t have to choose between healthy and abundant eagle populations and scaling up wind generation to meet our energy needs. That’s a false choice we don’t have to make. What we do need to do is work together—wind energy companies, environmentalists, landowners, policy makers and others—to find the right ba...

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