Obama admin orders endangered sheep killed to protect wind farm project
So-called “green” energy takes another hit as more endangered species, habitat ordered destroyed to protect environmentalist profits.
“In a precedent that has horrified wildlife experts, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has authorized the “take” (meaning harassment, displacement or even death) of 10 endangered Peninsular Bighorn Sheep – five ewes and five lambs” East County Magazine reports, near the Ocotillo wind energy project. The Obama administration approved the killing, as well as the construction of the wind farm that required the bulldozing of vast areas of sensitive forests and sacred Indian grounds.
“The decision comes after federal wildlife officials were provided photographic evidence that the endangered animals were seen in recent weeks on the site of the just-approved Ocotillo Express wind energy facility…There are only about 950 Peninsular Bighorn Sheep left in the U.S. as of 2010. Their numbers had steadily declined prior to being declared an endangered species in 1998, according to the Bighorn Institute.”
“The ‘take’ authorization is found in a Biological Opinion issued by the Carlsbad, California office of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USF&WS) to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on April 25, 2012. U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar signed a final Record of Decision last week authorizing the Ocotillo wind facility. His decision relied on the USF&WS document, among others,” East County reports.
The decision is not surprising. Because trees create win turbulence, the U.S. Forest Service has issued orders on how to clear-cut entire forests near “green” wind projects. Wind turbines also kill hundreds of thousands of birds each year, including many critically endangered species.
And new scientific research show wind energy makes the atmosphere dirtier by forcing other power plants to run at lowered efficiency to accommodate the weak, unpredictable amounts of power they add to the energy grid.
The project has also destroyed valuable Native American heritage sites.
“Robert Scheid is spokesman for the Viejas Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, one of several Indian tribes fighting to halt the project due to threats to Native American remains, artifacts, ancient geoglyphs and sacred sites. Scheid has called the Ocotillo project a ‘land grab of public lands by private corporations.’
“The Quechan tribe on Friday asked a federal judge to issue a temporary restraining order to halt the devastation, after forensic dogs hired by tribes found six additional apparent cremation sites.”
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