Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Idiot Wind


Yesterday it was the sun, today it's a lot of noxious gas.
For someone who likes polls, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump seems to be ignoring recent polling that shows 81 percent of self-described conservatives favor expanding wind power. Wind energy — which is homegrown and diversifies our electric grid — is a winning issue that is popular with most Americans, yet Trump keeps demagoguing the issue and ignoring the facts. With this or any issue, it is impossible to be a genuine conservative and ignore facts. At a recent campaign rally in Pennsylvania he said, “The wind kills all your birds. All your birds, killed. You know, the environmentalists never talk about that.” Trump has taken hyperbole to a whole different stratosphere. His claim is ridiculous and deserves some honest perspective. Almost 600 million birds are killed every year in the U.S. because they fly into tall buildings and windows. What is that saying about people in glass houses? While wind energy does have an impact on bird populations, causing between 130,000 and 500,000 bird deaths a year, it represents less than 0.01 percent of all human-related bird deaths, and a fraction of those caused by the skyscrapers that Trump himself likes to build. Domestic cats kill more than two billion birds a year, and other major sources of bird mortality include power lines, cell phone towers and cars. That’s according to data from the National Audubon Society.
So much hot air... 

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Alright--where the hell is that video clip from?

Godwhacker said...

I truly have no idea where it is from, but I can't stop watching it!