Wind farms to get free pass on eagle kills

The bald eagle, a bird which serves as our nation’s symbol, has long enjoyed special protection under the Migratory Bird Treaty and Bald Eagle Protection Act. So you can imagine how it ruffled more than a few feathers when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently posted a draft regulation waiving penalties for certain companies that kill these birds as a course of doing business. Waivers for killing eagles have always been granted in special circumstances. But these permits, unlike previous ones, will allow for the killing of eagles for a lengthy 30 years. And what businesses will be granted such lethal waivers? Ironically, its wind energy companies – those so-called earth-friendly sources of environmentally clean power.

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About the Author: Craig Rucker

Craig Rucker is the executive director and co-founder of CFACT.