Would you support an industry that kills millions of birds every year, including Endangered species?
Last night I heard an appalling NPR Radio broadcast on Wind Generators that so deeply disappointed me I wrote a note to the Producer and Reporter.
James Morrison, Producer
Joshua Johnson, Host
NPR – 1A
Hello James and Joshua,
Tsk, Tsk. Not Up to Your Usual Standards.
Until last evening I have often enjoyed your 1A programs.
But your project last night on Wind Generators “Renewable Energy And Resistance” was painfully awful to listen to (even though I learned one tiny idea).
You should know, and be ashamed of, how your show was terribly biased, totally one-sided in favor of Wind Generators and “let’s ignore the harms.”
Why? Because you had TWO paid advocates FOR wind generators.
But NO ONE really representing the other side; actually several other sides. Barely a nod to the families impacted in your story. (The other guests were essentially silent.)
While I appreciate how you, Joshua, related a passing familiarity with Wind generators’ environmental impacts, and thankfully your caller raised the real concern about bats, yet —
You had no one to make the case for the ENDANGERED species killed by Wind generators, or Eagles, or the MILLIONS of other birds killed by Wind generators.
And you had No one to explain the impacts on human bodies caused by the low-frequency thumping (Infrasound) of the blades which can be felt – but not heard.
The families’ aesthetic concerns about the giant turbines were relegated to the beginning of your story – and barely noted again.
Your painfully biased guests made the awful point over and over –
If its Not Coal or Oil – It must be good, because we are don’t have (want) any other choice.
And did you notice how they both skillfully evaded your questions ?
Of course they would – because they are both employed to avoid answering, and there was no one to contradict them.
Why didn’t you point out their evasions ?
Next time I Strongly hope you find some who can clearly explain the genuine impacts from Wind Generators. So the industry doesn’t get a “Free Kick.”
Here’s one good academic overview —
Which I will summarize and reference in my soon to be published
encyclopedia of the scientific basis of Environmental Impacts
(not soon enough apparently).
Center for Biological Diversity has been a good source for
Wind Generator impacts to Endangered Birds.
With best wishes for a better future,
PS In passing, one of your paid industry Guests wrongly asserted something along the lines of —
“There’s never anything without environmental impacts.”
That’s so patently false, grossly misleading, and hope-destroying to NPR’s loyal listeners.
As just one example – you can use Steam Wands to kill weeds – rather than using pesticides.
The only chemical “residue” from Steam Wands is – Di-Hydrogen Monoxide.
More commonly known as “water.”
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Epilog: I’ll keep you appraised if they respond.
PS Two other directly related topics of interest to NPR listeners they could have discussed but didn’t are —
1) Centralized power generation vs. Personal power generation (e.g. solar cells on your roof).
Those of you who have photovoltaic (PV) panels on your house know it is already considerably cheaper to use PV in many places than to use Grid power – which is what those deadly Wind generators are powering.
2) Undergrounding Power lines as is done in Germany and much of Europe to eliminate electrocution deaths, increase safety and avoid visual insults of transmission lines and towers.