Joined: Feb. 2006
|As to the bird kills, every research article I can find on that subject points to one site, using old turbines that spin a higher rates of speed, causing a FEW bird deaths. |
Just a few moments in google scholar uncovered this.
I can only read the abstract and literature cites, but unless they introduce Altamont anecdotally and didn't bother to cite any study (unlikely) it would appear you need to google harder.
There's actually a *lot* of research going on regarding wind power impacts and mitigation on species of concern, along with long-term ongoing monitoring of fatalities at existing sites (in order to gather data which can be used to help model impacts of future wind farm installations), research into species behavior, etc etc.
It's a serious concern, not to be swept under the table by simply saying "cats!".
I'm a wind power supporter. I'm also a believer in the TANSTAAFL principle.