I was reading a short piece this morning wherein the author was making an observation that it is really hard to get a government official to tell him what their estimates for the whooping crane population. There are less than 300 of them in California as I understand it. The government used to do an actual field count to determine the population but now they seem to be relying on “hierarchical distance sampling.” There is apparently massive uncertainty in the number.
Anyhow, the author is a very worried that wind turbines are having an adverse impact on these (and other) bird populations. I’m not much into conspiracy theories, but it would seem to me to be downright awful press for a government and “E”nvironmental movement to find out that wind turbines are harming critical species. The IRS attacks on conservative groups don’t inspire much confidence that such things are beyond the pale.
My prediction is this, however. Regardless of how this turns out, the non-“E”nvironmentalists will be to blame. If it indeed is true that wind kills precious bird species, then there is no doubt in my mind that the story will be, “We needed to put up wind because the planet was placed in catastrophic peril by non-“E”nvironmentalists. The wind turbines are preventing climate devastation and it is only because of our addiction to fossil fuels that we wiped out the California Condor, the Indiana brown bat, the Whooping Crane and other birds.”