READER’S EDITORIAL: WIND ENERGY – A RUNAWAY FAILURE FOR NEARLY 4 DECADES--PART 1 OF 3

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By Jim Wiegand, wildlife biologist

Editor's note:  This replaces an earlier version, with updates, additional documentation links and clarifications added.

January 24, 2017 (San Diego) -- If you are one of the millions across America, that that believes wind energy will create a better world, you need to read the facts presented here.   This information has been hidden by the media, utility companies, your government and by most of all, a terribly destructive industry seeking profits.   

California’s wind turbines may have started a green revolution here in America. But as readers will learn here, wind energy’s perceived value to society is a devious fantasy.  Adding to the public’s confusion is that this puffed-up industry has been enabled with layers of rigging from politicians, planted media stories, fraudulent research, data manipulation and outright lies. All for the purpose of giving corporations access to taxpayer billions. As you will learn here it certainly has not been for the energy provided.                                                              

I would imagine that the US has now invested well over 2 trillion dollars in these turbines and infrastructure. But the story and success of wind energy is the basically same power of suggestion story as “The Emperor's New Clothes.”  Ironically this well-known tale written in Denmark 200 years ago, is also the home of this fake green industry.

From the massive amounts of publicity over the years one would think that wind energy is carrying a rapidly increasing load of America’s electricity demands.  Opinion polls overwhelmingly show that the public supports renewable energy and especially wind power.  But these favorable polls are from the mistaken belief that wind energy is green, has few impacts and is carrying a rapidly increasing load of America’s electricity demands.  But this is a false perception created by sellouts, ignorance and profit seekers searching for taxpayer gold.

From my years of wind energy related research, I have found that for this industry, telling the truth means absolutely nothing.  For example, the first and only credible scientific mortality study ever conducted around wind turbines, was released in 1985.  Since then all mortality research has been a rigging and cover-up game.  Since the release of that first wind industry study, showing a bird mortality rate of 34 fatalities per MW, what obviously became most important to this industry, was public opinion.             

It is not easy for the public to admit how easily they can be duped. But this industry knows it and they have been working everyone for decades with an onslaught of research rigging, false media stories, false advertising, subliminal messaging and energy production embellishments.  If they say they’re great, then they must be great and this has conditioned the minds of the masses.                                                                                                                

At one time the public was led to believe that wind turbines could make us independent of Middle East oil, then the primary story supporting wind energy development evolved into to fixing climate and saving mankind. Or maybe you have been led to believe that these turbines will power a new generation of electrified transportation

While this form of transportation is coming, the vast majority of electrical energy consumed by electrified transportation will never come from wind turbines.  The saddest part about this entire green fraud is that America’s utilities and energy providers all know that wind energy is no solution for any of this.  They all know because they live with wind energy’s wimpy inefficient production numbers every day.

Everybody reading this also needs to understand what I know to be true about this industry. An industry that will cover-up their slaughter to tens of thousands of eagles, including our endangered species, will stop at nothing for profits.  An industry after killing thousands of eagles over the last 35 years at Altamont, then colluding with the USGS (2015) on a study overestimating this same population by more than ten times, will also stop at nothing.

For the naysayers that do not believe in my expertise, I give you this:  outgoing President Obama has just rewarded industry and especially the wind industry for their decades of mortality fraud on America.  After claiming for years that very few eagles were being killed annually by wind turbines and that Altamont Pass was a regional aberration, our President recently signed a rule making it legal for industry to kill up to 7518 eagles annually in America.  Since I know of no other industry that slaughters eagles, with this new Eagle Rule, President Obama just confirmed that this massive hidden eagle slaughter from industrial wind turbines, has always been with us.  More but hidden proof is at the Eagle Repository in Denver where more than 33,000 eagle carcasses have been received since 1997 by this morgue.

With the passing of this new Eagle (killing) Rule, it is very clear this industry intends to be killing many more eagles in the future as industrial wind turbines invade the wetland habitats of America.

This ongoing wind industry slaughter is also killing millions upon millions of birds annually while producing very little energy for society. Being a dedicated wildlife biologist, I am aware of the extinction of species coming from these prolific killers and this is exactly why I write about wind energy.                                                                                                     

Audubon, the Sierra club and several other prominent conservation groups support wind energy. They have also been receiving buckets of wind energy funding thru various channels.  If anyone reads their canned statements or looks over their websites, these groups claim this form of lethal energy will eventually save more species in the future from climate change.  So basically, what they are all saying is that any species slaughter currently taking place, is for a greater good because these turbines are so wonderful.  Readers will clearly see from the unfiltered numbers given in parts 2 & 3, what complete fools all these groups have become, selling out the slaughter of rare species for the meaningless development of wind energy.

Jim Wiegand is an independent wildlife expert with decades of field observations and analytical work. He is vice president of the US Region of Save the Eagles International, an organization devoted to researching, protecting and preserving avian species threatened by human encroachment and development.  

With fraudulent research and no accountability, the wind industry has been hiding over 90 percent of their turbine slaughter since 1985. Here are a number of articles I have written that clearly discuss the wind industry's hidden slaughter:                                                      

The highest annual estimated bird mortality from wind turbines in the US is claimed to be no more than 573,000. This article analyzes the manipulation of a study conducted at a University around one large turbine. Read how this unscientific study relates to the fake US wind mortality estimate.                                                                                                                                   

Has annual wind turbine mortality to birds and bats reached 45 million? Yes, according to one study. http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/has-annual-wind-turbine-mortality-to-birds-and-bats-reached-45

This is a recent comprehensive summery of the fake wind industry research being used to push wind projects onto an ignorant public.  Hundreds of 700 ft turbines are planned for Lake Erie.                                                                                                                                                      

LAKE ERIE COMMENTS ON “ICEBREAKER” PROJECT TITLE EA-2045

https://medium.com/@jimwiegand/comments-on-icebreaker-6bb3bad6ff66

A three-part article “Harvesting Eagles” that discusses the wind industry’s /FWS rigged research and the corrupt history behind the latest proposal to kill 6200 eagles annually.

https://www.masterresource.org/cuisinarts-of-the-air/harvesting-eagles-1

https://www.masterresource.org/cuisinarts-of-the-air/harvesting-eagles-ii/                                                                                                                                                                                            

https://www.masterresource.org/cuisinarts-of-the-air/harvesting-eagles-iii/                                                                                   

These two articles expose Audubon and their two-faced role in the development of wind energy https://www.masterresource.org/cuisinarts-of-the-air/avoiding-science-and-transparency-at-altamont-pass-wind-industry-gets-away-with-shoddy-research/

https://www.masterresource.org/audubon-society/money-dead-eagles-aubudon/

This article discusses the 31,000 (2015 numbers) unaccounted for eagle carcasses that have been sent to the Denver Repository since 1997.  In this 3 part article even former FWS agents speak out.......... "Voice of Dead eagles"

https://www.masterresource.org/cuisinarts-of-the-air/voice-dead-eagles-iii/

https://www.masterresource.org/cuisinarts-of-the-air/windpower-slaughter-shiloh-1/

https://www.masterresource.org/cuisinarts-of-the-air/usfws-special-agents-speaking-truth-to-wind-power-re-shiloh-iv-part-ii/

Additional hidden eagle carcass information and dismal wind energy production numbers are available for congress in this 2 part article "Clean Energy Producers Act of 2015 (H.R. 493): Eagle Slaughter Amnesty for Industrial Wind".

https://www.masterresource.org/cuisinarts-of-the-air/clean-energy-producers-act-2015-eagle-amnesty/

Here is an excellent article that describes some of the hidden tricks being used to rig wind industry mortality data.                                                                                                                                      "Exposing the wind industry genocide" - The ECOReport

http://theecoreport.com/exposing-the-wind-industry-genocide/

An additional article that describes some of the various methods being used to rig wind industry mortality data. Big Wind & Avian Mortality (Part I & Part 2)

http://www.masterresource.org/2013/03/avian-mortality-wind-i

http://www.masterresource.org/2013/03/wind-avian-mortality-ii/

This Article exposes a hidden and rapidly declining golden eagle population "EAGLE EXPERT WARNS OF POPULATION COLLAPSE"

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/12544   

An early article that discusses some of the history behind the industry rigged

research. "THE 28 YEAR WIND INDUSTRY COVER-UP" Parts 1 & 2

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/9011

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/9174

An article that discusses wimpy lawsuits that get lots of media attention but let this industry off the hook. "Bald and Golden Eagles Victorious: Court Invalidates 30-Year “Eagle Take” Rule" (feds vs. federal law)

https://www.masterresource.org/cuisinarts-of-the-air/bald-golden-eagles-court-victory/

Readers will also be further enlightened about the industry's rigged research if they view the YouTube video "Cheeseburgers and the wind industry".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDOr2kjc-bM

The opinions in this editorial reflect the views of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of East County Magazine. To submit an editorial for consideration, contact editor@eastcountymagazine.org.