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  •  There are massive balancing issues (2+ / 0-)
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    beachmom, Rei

    and 'local' activists / environmentalists are fighting those local battles often without consideration of the larger impacts.

    There was a WashPost article earlier in the week that I plan to write on. There is a wind development being fought due to uncertain risks to bats.  Bat kills are a real issue,something to be considered in development of wind projects, but the advocate for the bats totally lost me that even one bat killed by wind turbines would make this multi-hundred+ megawatt field unacceptable. Did he ever consider that the pollution from coal-fired electricity might be harming bats (and other species) and that global warming places a far more serious threat to the wind turbines? Likely not.  That one bat hit by a wind turbine blade, fallen by the wind turbine pole, is a visible kill, with a tangible impact much greater on the human psyche than the 100s or 1000s times more threatened directly by coal pollution and indirectly from that pollution by global warming.

    Sigh ...

    •  sometimes you have to cut off a foot (1+ / 0-)
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      in order to save the leg.

      I'll take renewable energy over a Blunt Nosed Leopard Lizzard, but that's just one urbanite's (from a heavily forested state) opinion.

      Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them. H. L. Mencken

      by Keith930 on Sat Oct 24, 2009 at 09:11:07 AM PDT

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