Hypocrites: Obama Administration Seeking Exemption Allowing Wind Turbines To Kill Endangered Whooping Cranes

Earlier today I posted about one of the seven oil companies prosecuted by Obama-appointed, hyper-partisan US Attorney Tim Purdon over violations of the Migratory Birds Treaty Act choosing to plead guilty and pay a $12,000 fine. The fine is $1,000 per dead bird (all of which were ducks that are not considered endangered) and goes to a non-profit fund set up by the federal government through the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

That this prosecution has all the appearances of a shakedown of the oil company to line the pockets of a government-backed environmentalist fund is bad enough, but it gets worse. I’ve noted time and again that even as oil companies are facing criminal charges over as many as one dead duck wind power companies, which kill thousands of migratory birds a year, are going unprosecuted. But not only are they going unprosecuted, the Obama administration has been seeking exemptions from the law so that the wind turbines can kill endangered whooping cranes with impunity.

This month, Reuters reported that the Obama administration is working on a plan that will permit wind developers to kill endangered whooping cranes who fly in the path of the turbine blades.

The formal language of the Administration is less pointed but the impact the same.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a proposed application for an Incidental Take Permit (ITP) issued under Section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act).

If approved, wind developers will be permitted to ‘take’ an unspecified number of endangered species including the whooping crane. ‘Take’ under the Endangered Species Act, is defined as the injuring or killing of endangered species.

That news was from July of this year. As far as I know this EIS hasn’t been approved yet.

Just to review, if you’re an oil company and the federal government finds a dead duck on your property you’ll face criminal charges in court.

If you’re a wind power company, however, and your turbines slaughter endangered whooping cranes then the federal government will seek an exemption for you.

How can anyone believe that this sort of double standard is just? Are we not all to be treated equally under the law? How can the government decide that the law applies to one set of people but not to another?

If the standard criminal charges for one dead bird then fine. Let’s apply that legal standard to everyone and not exempt those industries that are political favorites.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Lianne

     “Are we not all to be treated equally under the law? ”  The only concern the Obama administration has is implementing his agenda.  Fairness, justice, and freedom, are not in his agenda.

  • Hal695

    It’s called cronyism and leads to distrust and disrespect of laws, the politicians who pass them and those who enforce them.

  • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

    These ducks died because they were dumb enough to land in a pond of oil; it’s all part of Darwin’s law of survival. Why does Obama hate science so much?

    • Jack Daniels

      If Darwin’s law of Survival of the Fittest were allowed to run its course without government interference we’d have fewer liberals as well as a smarter bird population. 

  • geoff

    I only have one question.

    What if I hit a whooping crane with my car filled with gasolie?

    OK, two questions.

    What if I hit a whooping crane with my electric car?  It may sound silly, but I think we should bring this issue right to the top.  Anyone have Obama’s cell number?

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Under the law, as written, you could be prosecuted as a criminal.

      • Geoff

        Even if I’m in my electric car using electricity generated by a wind farm?

        • 2hotel9

          Especially you!

    • Jack Daniels

      1-666- DUMBASS or 1-666-MARXIST

  • 2hotel9

    How many birds could they possibly kill? I pass wind turbines here in PA several times a week and they are never turning. Even the ones in Windber, which is renowned for its unendingly endllessly blowing wind.

  • DopeyDem

    The NRA or some group should sue the federal government and force them to report how many birds of all species are slaughtered every year by windmills. I believe the numbers would be staggering.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2010/may/03/checking-george-will-birds-and-wind-turbines/

      The latest independent reports estimate the number of birds killed by wind turbines at about 100,000 per year. That’s according to a 2007 report from the National Research Council called “Environmental Impacts of Wind-Energy Projects.” 
      The American Bird Conservancy estimated in 2003 that between 10,000 and 40,000 birds were killed each year at wind farms across the country, about 80 percent of which were songbirds and 10 percent birds of prey.”With the increased capacity over the last seven years, we now estimate that 100,000 – 300,000 birds are killed by wind turbines each year,” said Conservancy spokesman Robert Johns.By our math, that comes to 274 to 822 birds a day killed by wind farms across the country.

      • DopeyDem

        The NRC report estimated that by
        2020 the annual mortality of bats due to wind turbines may exceed
        100,000 just for the Mid-Atlantic region of the eastern US (p. 88). The
        NRC report concluded that there is a “significant possibility” that
        wind energy development would adversely impact bat populations in
        eastern US (p. 5).

      • Jack Daniels

        How did these wind turbines get built without an environmental impact statement, thorough scrutiny of that statement, and decades of lawsuits of the sort that shut down logging and keep power plants and refineries from being built?

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          For the same reason they get a pass for killing endangered birds.

  • Davoarid

    Narcissists HATE hypocrisy–it drives them nuts, and they’re can never let it go.

    Why? Well, you know the saying “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”? Normal people would hesitate before throwing the rock–saying to themselves “Wait, before I do this, is there any glass in my house?”

    But that hesitation never enters the mind of a narcissist, because narcissists are FULLY DELUDED by the identity they’ve invented for themselves.

    So, throw away. Your invented identity is free of glass!

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      So, because someone else at some other time has been hypocritical, that makes it ok for the Obama administration to apply the law unequally?

    • 2hotel9

      As you keep proving by posting your hypocritical, narcissistic crap. Please keep doing so, that way everyone can keep laughing at your mentally retarded Democrat Party sh*t.

      • Davoarid

         That you’ve identified me as a Democrat reveals your own narcissism–you disagree with my argument, and seek to attack it through assigning me an identity.

        Just as a narcissist seeks affirmation through inventing his own identity (rather than through actual behavior), he seeks the same affirmation through assigning invented identities onto his opponents, and then attacking those identities.

        It’s a recipe for unhappiness and loneliness.

        • 2hotel9

          “It’s a recipe for unhappiness and loneliness.”  Yes, your leftist, anti-human ideology is the path to unhappiness and loneliness. And you identified yourself by spewing the standard Democrat Party sh*t. Good job, retard.  Then you follow it up with psychobabble bullsh*t, further proving what a narcissistic child you are. Now, prove you have lost, yet again. Post another comment. I order you to.

        • 2hotel9

          Oh, and davo? Be sure to use “I”, “me” and “my” as much as possible.  Oh, yea, you will, because every thing is about you.

  • sbark

    ……its funny they let the Garrison resevoir elec generation turbines get away with the dead fish that goe thu them…….

    maybe they just havent thought of that income generator yet………1000.00 per fish….could be real money to pee away on some other Liberal think tank idea…..

  • awfulorv

    There is as much difference between a Whooping Crane and a Duck as there is between a Rembrandt masterpiece and a child’s scribble. If your or I, dear friend, were to shoot a whooper, by accident, we could, perhaps, be fined $10,000, or more.  But more importantly, since their numbers are down because of a disastrous man made accident which killed 75-85 caged birds, that someone, unthinkingly, left to be drowned in their cages during Katrina, we are talking of the potential extinction of these magnificent birds, and that cannot be allowed.  These conservationists, it appears, can be described as selective wildlife killers.  Save them Spotted Owls, and the Minnows, but allow the slaughter of Sharks for their fins, and the Whoopers so that many can receive tax write offs.

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