11 Apr '11, 3pm

Wind energy facts, wind energy myths

Wind energy facts, wind energy myths

One of the most prevalent of these is the myth that wind turbines are ferocious bird-killing machines. While it's true that a turbine's spinning blades do sometimes clip the odd bird, wind turbines are actually several orders of magnitude less deadly to our avian friends than office buildings and those voracious bird killers known as domestic cats. Indeed feline pets kill so many more birds than wind turbines that one dark-humored renewable energy exec once snarkily suggested to me that if dead birds were such an intolerable scourge that we'd risk our clean energy future to avoid them, then what we should be advocating is the construction of many more wind farms — and into the whirling blades, bird lovers could pitch stray cats in sufficient numbers that their net impact on bird populations would be reduced to zero.

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