Monday, May 24, 2004

Enjoying my break . . .

I've obviously been taking a much needed vacation from blogging. After all, all work and no play makes Jack a big loser, and we don't want that.

I did see this in the Washington Post today while riding the Metro:

Like Mike Tidwell of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network [Metro, May 14], I favor alternative sources of energy, especially for this region.

But before we jump on the wind-power bandwagon and beat our chests about how green we are, let's look at the bigger picture.

These massive wind towers -- as tall as 380 feet -- require a constant wind source, so many are being built along the ridges of the Eastern mountain ranges.

These mountain ranges are used by migratory birds, especially eagles, hawks and falcons. Studies have shown that these birds are at risk when migrating through a wind farm.

It is ironic that this agreement was reached about the time of International Migratory Bird Day, an annual day -- May 8 this year -- when we celebrate the amazing feats of these birds.

In a time when bird populations have suffered huge declines from West Nile virus and habitat destruction, we need to reexamine wind power and the ramifications of the criteria used to permit these power plants.

PETE GIVAN

Rockville

The writer is the owner of the Wild Bird Center in Rockville.
The environmentalists hate nuclear power, they hate hydro power, and now they even hate wind power. Perhaps what they really hate is not a paticular genus of power but the entire species.

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