Hot air and OBP's

To: "Evan Beaver" <>, "Birding-aus" <>
Subject: Hot air and OBP's
From: "Greg" <>
Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2006 18:32:16 +1000
Hi Evan,

Thanks for your reply. As someone involved in the industry do you have access to accurate data on the numbers of birds and bats killed by wind farms each year? I appreciate the fact that some impacts can be mitigated but still believe that solar would have the least impact on ecosystems.

I am strongly anti-nuclear so am not a pro-nuke person opposing wind farms from that direction. I just don't want us to replace one technology that has an adverse impact on the planet with another that, potentially, can have a major impact. The noise and visual pollution are minor issues compared with the potential bird and bat kill impacts. I agree that there are a number of other structures and machines (motor vehicles, planes etc.) that kill birds and bats but wind farms are now an additional hazard for migratory birds and bats to deal with. So if we want wind farms we have to be sure that the level of kill is low enough to not adversely impact on populations or whole species.

I think that people presenting the argument that it is a choice between coal or wind farms are over-simplifying the issue. There are other viable options.

Greg Clancy

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