RIP Stefan the Stork – One of 30 Million Birds Killed by Wind Farms Every Year

Though I’ve given him a name – Stefan – I think we can safely predict that his ugly and entirely unnecessary demise won’t generate nearly the same level of public outrage as did Cecil the Lion‘s. Or even Finsly the Tiger Shark’s.

That’s because, as Stalin might have put it, the killing of one mammal by a white, middle-class male is a tragedy. But the massacre of millions of birds (and bats) every year by greenies who say they’re doing it because they really care about the environment is a statistic.

Just how many of the world’s avian fauna are killed every year by bat-chomping, bird-slicing eco-crucifixes?

If you believe the conservation group Save The Eagles International, then the annual global death toll is jaw-dropping.

But this is shy of reality by a factor of ten, because 90% of casualties land outside the search perimeter and are not counted. We are thus really talking about an unsustainable death toll of 30 million birds and 50 million bats a year – and more still if we factor in other hide-the-mortality tricks documented by STEI.

But we’re unlikely ever to get an accurate figure because the wind industry takes such pains to cover up this embarrassing data. For example, last year, PacificCorp – an energy company which operates at least 13 wind energy facilities in three US states – sued the US Interior Department to prevent it releasing to the media the figures on how many birds have been found dead at its facilities.

Read the rest at Breitbart.

Richard Madeley Reveals That the Green Blight Has Finally Sunk Cornwall

Pernicious EU greenism

Richard Madeley: a celebrity, yes, but actually right about this

Richard Madeley: a celebrity, yes, but actually right about this

From the moment it became such an enthusiastic early adopter of the wind-farm blight, I knew that there was no hope left for Cornwall. And now Richard Madeley has confirmed it: whatever attraction the county may once have had in the days of Rebecca or Demelza Poldark has now long since been buried in a morass of green worthiness.

Madeley’s particular beef is with all the different-coloured bin bags into which the local district council now demands he wastes precious time each day sifting his rubbish:

The television presenter is one of 250,000 households forced to laboriously separate paper into blue bags, cardboard into orange sacks, glass into a black plastic box, plastics and tin into a red bag and garden waste into a brown wheelie bin – not forgetting the black bag for ‘non-recyclable’ waste.

It depresses me to note that many of the commenters below the Telegraph’s news piece on this appear to be so blinkered by their visceral loathing of Madeley/people with second homes/celebrities generally that they’re not prepared to concede him his point: these recycling schemes are a spectacular waste of time and money.

They exist, of course, primarily because of the EU’s directives on landfill, enthusiastically endorsed and gold plated as per usual by the British government, under which councils are financially penalised for the amount of rubbish they put in tips rather than recycle. In fact Britain has more than enough space for landfill and the environmental problems with this have been greatly overdone. The real reason for the directive is because of pressure put on the EU from places like the Netherlands, which don’t have nearly so much space for burying rubbish underground and which therefore felt compelled to level the playing field (ie nobble the competition) by making life equally hard for all EU members.

Aside from the pernicious, democratically unaccountable EU role in all this, there’s the issue of personal freedom. Here we have a situation in which householders are compelled to waste valuable time sorting out their rubbish (and uglifying their neighbourhood) for no serious reason whatsoever. (And furthermore being charged by their council for the privilege.)

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