Every vote to extend the production tax credit — or to approve wind turbines in or near important bird habitats and flyways — is a vote for the ultimate extinction of majestic and vital avian species in habitats all over the United States. No member of Congress should want that on his conscience.
But according to the National Research Council, wind turbines account for less than 0.003% of bird deaths caused by human activities. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service estimates that wind turbines kill 150,000 - 200,000 birds annually. Meanwhile, hundreds of millions of birds are killed every year by collisions with buildings, cars, and power lines. And many more are killed by oilfield production pits and coal mining, which has destroyed numerous bird habitats.
What's really going on:
The production tax credit has spurred enormous growth in the wind industry and has enabled wind power to be competitive with natural gas. But despite its success, Congress has repeatedly allowed it to lapse, halting the wind industry's progress in the U.S.
Four of the five largest corporations in the world are in what industry? Another world is really possible.