What’s another dead bird to you? One looks back at you from your dinner plate whenever you dine on chicken, right? Yeah, but think pretty songbirds, eagles, cranes, geese and other migrators; you get a different reaction, don’t you? Seems strange that all those devoted environmentalists pushing human lockout from millions of acres in favor of some insignificant minnow no one ever heard of or maybe a cave cricket unique to one cave none is allowed to visit or a nondescript bush lizard in Texas somewhere aren’t the least concerned about millions of dead migratory birds piled up around a few communication towers every year. Almost 7 M Birds Perish at North American Communications Towers Annually will provide the story. For contrast, the Exxon Valdez oil spill was in the headlines for weeks, especially because it was killing so many seabirds, which eventually totaled around 250,000. That’s a lot, but its only 28% of the towers’ yearly toll. If those aren’t enough inedible avian slaughter for you, Google: wind farm bird deaths and add millions more.
Some of those victims may peep but there’s nary a one from the bird-loving greenies. They’re too busy pumping for more subsidies for uneconomic power from sun and wind and they love their cell phones as much as anybody. They’re right there for others to give up stuff for Gaia and our wild friends but things seem to change when its their irons in the fire. There’s a word for that, isn’t there? An accompanying comparison if I remember, mentioned a sepulchre, white and fair on the outside but within, full of dead men’s bones…
The most striking bit in the greenie’s silence: the death toll of the towers comes from only 1.6% of the 85,000 North American units; those few exceptionally tall ones kill 70% of the victims. And with them, it isn’t the towers, it’s their guy wires doing most of the damage. Remedies are available for those but the greenies don’t seem to care, even though some of the victims are very threatened species they like to get so excited about. Well, except when towers or windmills are involved…Hey, Sierra Club! Where are you??? What? Can’t hear you… guess I’m getting deaf, huh?
Oh well, we see dead birds all the time on our dinner plates; what are a few million more when we have the California Delta Smelt to worry about? Now there’s a success; we’ve shut down 600,000 acres of prime San Joaquin Valley agricultural land, idled thousands of farm workers and the ungrateful smelt go on about as before without a thought for the sacrifice we so bravely used the government to force farmers and their workers to make.
There are a few things to be said about that dead chicken on your plate, too; nor are the greenies at bat for that one…but that’s another story for another time. Meanwhile, leg or wing?