Wind Energy Gets a Free Pass on Bird Kills

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What’s the life of a bird worth? If you’re Big Oil it can range from $7,000 to $20,000 per bird. If you’re wind energy it costs nothing. Here are some facts.

In July of this year Pacificorp agreed to pay $10.5 million in fines, restitution and equipment upgrade costs for the deaths of at least 232 golden eagles, 46 hawks, 50 owls and nearly 200 other birds that had been electrocuted in Wyoming since January 2007. The cost per bird computes to a little less than $20,000. (1)

“On August 13, ExxonMobil pled guilty in federal court to charges that it killed 85 birds

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