In response to the June 17 article "How many bald eagel deaths are acceptable?" I would like to know why wind farms are being targeted. A good clean energy source with no shortage of wind. Are we at a point where we start using our national symbol to degrade an industry. Is the fossil fuel industry that afraid of competition?
We have frequent saltwater spills and dumping and our share of oil spills. We have come to accept these occurrences and the state does not have the stomach to impose harsh penalties. We will continue to see business as usual. But c'mon, blaming the wind industry for the eagle deaths. Let's try printing some real numbers on what's killing our birds. You heard about the Exxon Valdez spill that killed approximately 250,000 birds including the threatened broken pelican, 2,800 sea otters, river otters, 300 harbor seals, 22 orcas, unknown numbers of fish, and yes, 250 bald eagles.
Another spill by BP took approximately 102,000 birds, 6,000 sea turtles, 2,600 marine animals like the dolphin and whale species. Losing all these with just two spills.
Here's a list of what kills the most birds. Cats: 3.7 billion; building glass collisions: 988 million; vehicle hits: 340 million; electric wires: 57 million; electrocutions: 11.6 million; cell and radio towers: 6.8 million; oil pits: 1 million; wind turbines: 300,000.
So let's be a little more fair minded and print all of the facts. This is not fake news. We know the Exxon Valdez spill killed 250 eagles with just one spill. If we are concerned with one eagle per year the Exxon Valdez spill just erased 250 years.
Gary Hoffer, Bismarck