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Quote:None of the wind farms I've seen contribute appreciably to light pollution once construction is finished, especially compared to regular power plants. And the idea that wind farms harm wildlife is, in the most polite terms possible, an exaggeration.
Quote:The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other experts estimate that more than 500,000 birds and countless bats are killed annually by turbines. The slaughter “could easily be over 500” golden eagles a year in our western states, says Save the Eagles International biologist Jim Wiegand. Bald eagles are also being butchered. The two species’ body count could soon reach 1,000 per year.In the 86-square-mile area blanketed by California’s Altamont Pass wind turbines, no eagles have nested for more than 20 years, and golden eagle nest sites have declined by half in surrounding areas, even though both are prime habitats, Mr. Wiegand notes. Wildlife specialist Shawn Smallwood estimates that 2,300 golden eagles have been killed by Altamont turbines in the past 25 years.Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/aug/6/wind-energy-tax-credits-fund-b... Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter
4.5", 6", and 10" Newtonian astrographs.
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Quote:None of the wind farms I've seen contribute appreciably to light pollution once construction is finished, especially compared to regular power plants.
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Quote:Sadly, nowhere on Earth is immune from encroaching light pollution these days. Likewise, "the evironment be damned as long as the project results in employment" seems to have become the battle cry of humanity. While the environmental community made great strides in the 80's and 90's, I'm seeing more and more of their gains fall by the wayside in the name of jobs. Only the environs surrounding major astronomical observatories seems able to hold their ground currently. I wish our colleagues across the pond luck in fighting this new intruder, but fear the ultimate outcome. BrooksObs
Quote:You do have to look at how many birds are killed by other sources.Powerlines, skyscrapers, automobiles, etc... All kill tens to humdreds of times more birds then wind turbines. Coal plants kill more people then wind turbines kill eagles.
Quote:I note that wind farms do not help the environment in any way whatsoever, resource wise, energy wise, sky wise, migration wise, hapitat wise etc.
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Quote:I'm sorry but I disagree, they are ugly but provide a lot of energy...every watt they make saves that much oil.
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12" LX200 GPS
10" LX200 GPS
4" Unitron 150
4" Bosma refractor
Denk Binotron 27, D14's and D21's
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Wireless Autostar II