Altamont Windmills: Energy Godsends or Death Factories?

For years, the wicked blades of the Altamont windmills have sliced and diced California’s glorious birds of prey, leaving their cuisinarted corpses strewn about the grasslands like little feathery divots. In order to make an Audubon Society lawsuit go away, wind power companies set up a plan to cut the number of dead raptor birds in half. Two years later, how are they doing? They’ve actually killed 27 percent more birds than before! The Trib reports that despite such measures as shutting down the windmills during two winter months decommissioning the mills with the highest kill rate, the dead birds are cluttering up the landscape.

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