President Obama is pushing for more windmills as part of his flawed “energy policy” addressing the mythical global warming, which he admits “Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”
Would higher electricity rates hurt the rich or the middle and lower classes more? The same with gasoline prices, but that is a topic for another day.
As has been proven in a previous article, Obama and greenhouse gas syndicate in violation of RICO laws?, Obama stands to benefit financially from the sales of carbon credits, mandated by his cap and trade system.
What has only been glossed over is the fact that windmills are killing bats and birds by the thousands. Impacts obviously are a factor in these deaths, but the wind turbulence has been found to rupture blood vessels in their lungs causing death, as reported in Scientific American.
The little brown bat and the Indiana bat are especially susceptible to windmill death, as are the hoary bat and other migratory tree bats. This includes those right here in Ohio.
The Indiana bat is an endangered species (1973) which is also being threatened by the White Nose Syndrome fungus which has killed hundreds of thousands of bats in the northeast and midwest.
Dr. Thomas H. Kunz of the Center for Ecology and Conservation Biology, Boston University and others issued a press release in December stating,
“Scientists and conservation groups filed a formal request today asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine if little brown bats, once the most common bat species in the Northeast, need protection under the Endangered Species Act because of a fast-spreading, lethal disease called white-nose syndrome. The disease has already killed more than a million bats in the United States and scientists say it could wipe out little brown bats in the Northeast within the next two decades.“
The US Fish and Wildlife Service has also listed windmills within 10 miles of the endangered Indiana bat habitat as negatively affecting the bat population.
Without the windmills, these bats potentially face extinction in these areas within twenty years. The windmill related deaths accelerate this annihilation.
Why should you care about the deaths of creepy little flying rats?
First off, wiping any species out of existence unecessarily and especially to advance a political agenda is immoral and unnacceptable.
Getting off of the soap box, bats eat mosquitoes and other bugs. Without bats (and birds such as barn swallows) more toxic chemicals will become necessary to control mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes spread malaria, yellow fever, Dengue, West Nile Virus and other deadly diseases which kill more than million people every year.
In short, the existence of these bats could very well save your life.
Next time you’re in the back yard with a swarm of gnats in your face, shake your fist in the air and curse the nearest windmill.