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Obama administration about to give wind farms a free pass on killing bald eagles
'Green energy' trumps protected national symbols, or something
Last month, the Obama administration forced Duke Energy to pay a staggering $1 million fine. The reason? Their wind farms were chewing up protected species of birds at an alarming rate. Despite the fact that thousands of endangered birds die this way each day, it was the first time the administration had fined a "green energy" concern for what are known as "non-purposeful takings."
If the President has his way, he'll never have to do it again.
According to The Hill:
The Obama administration has nearly finalized a rule that would give energy companies lengthy permits for wind farms that end up killing bald and golden eagles.
Hundreds of thousands of birds are killed every year after flying into large wind turbine blades, an issue that became an ongoing saga for the administration this year.
The White House finalized its review on Thursday of a rule that would give the farms a 30-year pass for the killings, known as "takings."
These Eagles, it should be noted, are no longer listed as endangered or threatened, but their populations are still protected. As the U.S. Fish and Wildlife's "Bald Eagle Fact Sheet" explains:
Although the Service removed the bald eagle from the list of threatened and endangered species under the Endangered Species Act, the bird will still be protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Both laws prohibit killing, selling or otherwise harming eagles, their nests, or eggs.
The Obama administration has never been one to let laws or treaties get in their way, so it looks like someone needs to update that page, and add "unless they're ground up by a windmill" to the end.
Hunting them will still be forbidden, and will still carry fines up to $250,000 and two years in prison, but if your lefty-approved green energy boondoggle is tearing them to shreds by mistake, that's no big deal.