The narrative often created by radical environmentalist is that energy production based on fossil fuels or nuclear damage the environment while “green energy” is clean and not harmful. That simplistic view is convenient, but not accurate and clouds a broader agenda of environmentalists.
The post-gazette.com published a story of the dangers emanating from one form of green energy titled “Pa. wind turbines deadly to bats, costly to farmers”. It seems that Pennsylvania’s wind turbines are killing bats, which will have significant negative consequences for the environment. The article points out that:
- PA currently has 420 wind turbines that killed 10,000 bats last year. By 2030, PA is projected to have 2,900 turbines.
- As bat populations decrease, bug populations increase. A bat consumes about 3,000 insects each night. That means 100 will consume about 250,000 insects per night. According to Miguel Saviroff of Penn State University, “that benefits neighbors and reduces the insect problem with crops.”
- A turbine that killed only 25 bats in a year accounts for 17 million uneaten bugs per year.
- It is estimated that in Pennsylvania alone, bats saved farmers last year $280 million of avoided costs.
Using radical environmentalists’ logic, we should immediately shut down all wind turbines and do a multi-year study on the effects of these “green” machines on the environment. However, the extension of that lame logic would effectively shut down all energy production of any sort since they all have their “costs” to the environment.
Man is a polluter, period. Any change he makes to the environment has effects and consequences. The environmentalists know this and their attacks on certain forms of energy production expose their true motives. To them the green movement is the Trojan Horse used in their effort to promote the true Progressive agenda; redistribution of wealth. Hold on to your wallets!