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Thousands of Bats are Killed at Wind Energy Facilities

(SNN) – A new report published by the Biologists from Texarkana, Arkansas states that over 600,000 bats have been killed by wind turbine power generators in the United States over a 12 month period. “I am sorry, but the evidence is irrefutable,” said University of Arkansas Biologist, Bobby Ray, “Wind generated power is responsible for the deaths of more than a few bats; it happens.”

According to the report, dead bats are being found underneath wind turbines across North America each year. Estimates of mortality rates conclude that between 33,000 to 888,000 bats are killed by wind powered generator turbines each year. “Dead bats are being found underneath wind turbines across North America,” advised Bobby Ray. “We estimate that the bat fatalities are probably conservative.”

The report has been met with indifference from environmental groups, with no calls for lawsuits, further studies, or actions against power companies.

“It's worth a few bats here and there,” advised Uri Bumbo, spokesperson for PITA (People for the Indifferent Treatment of Animals).  “Wind energy is clean energy; it is environmentally sound.” Bumbo was quick to point out that the alternative was to kill 1800 ducks in Alberta oil-sand tailing ponds, “Besides, ducks are cute; they quack, and have feathers. A bat is nothing more that a rat with wings,” added Bumbo.

Conservative estimates indicate that a decade loss of the bat population is projected to reach six million by 2023. “What impact if any is really anyone's guess,” added Bumbo, “I mean really, they are bats, what do you want the power companies to do, stand next to the turbine with shotguns and scare the creatures away? Let's be realistic.”

In a tweet response from Huber Gore, author of the Unconventional Truth, the reaction to bat fatalities was quick and direct, “What we take for granted might not be here for our children.”

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