Environmentalists are said to be furious after a family of minke whales were found dead in the United Kingdom in which marine wildlife experts attribute their deaths to being disoriented resulting from nearby sea-based wind turbines. According to The Blaze:
“My personal opinion is that could be a consequence of wind farms and the amount of sand in the water,” said John Cresswell, chairman of the Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service, according to the [London] Times. “If you stop the boat off the coast you can feel the vibrations and hear the noise.”
“There are studies that show that the sounds created by the operational noise of the turbines create vibrations under that may in fact disorient marine mammals like whales,” Bonnie Brady, director of the Long Island Commercial Fishing Association, told the Daily Caller.
One other expert also stated wind turbines would also disrupt the radars of sea going vessels including submarines in a manner similar to what the whales experienced and disrupt radar that can be used to detect low flying airplanes and ships that could be hostile. That also includes sea-going rescue operations such as those undertaken by coast guards.
There you have it, folks. While predators and even buildings can kill birds, renewables will eventually go by the wayside not only when the money for them is put on the chopping block (like what is happening in Europe) but also for the threat they pose not only to bird species deemed endangered but whales too.
This website has numerous examples of endangered species laws being used by green NIMBYs to prevent construction of light rail lines, freeway construction and even county parks. Not only does wind power suck at providing for our energy needs and badly affects human health, wind farms will almost certainly end up in gang green’s cross hairs. In the meantime, marvel at the dead silence of groups like Sea Shepherd or even PETA who make not a peep for the deaths of whales resulting from spinning wind turbine blades.