Some of America's most iconic bird species are at risk from the proliferation of wind power, including the Golden Eagle, endangered Whooping Crane, and Greater Sage-Grouse.
There are ways to make wind power bird-smart. Siting of wind farms away from sensitive bird areas, use of technology and best practices to minimize bird deaths from spinning turbine blades, and mitigation measures to reduce unavoidable bird collisions can protect birds and their habitat, and make wind power truly green.
The wind industry says that it will do the right thing, but we know from other industries such as oil and coal that voluntary measures won't work.
We need mandatory standards for wind power to protect birds and their habitats. You can help us by signing the following petition:
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Wind power is the fastest developing source of energy in the United States and can be an important part of the solution to climate change. However, wind farms can harm birds through collisions with turbines and associated structures, and through loss of habitat birds need for survival. These losses are largely avoidable. The solutions are within our reach.
I support bird-smart wind power that includes mandatory standards to minimize bird deaths and habitat impacts.
Bird-smart wind power:
1. Is carefully sited to avoid harm to birds
2. Uses best technology and best management practices to minimize harm to birds
3. Employs effective, federally reviewed and approved, site-specific, pre- and post-construction studies/assessments to assist with improved siting and operation, and to properly quantify impacts.
4. Compensates fully for unavoidable harm to birds caused by collisions with wind turbines or associated structures, and lost or degraded habitat.
This petition has a goal of
1699 total signers.