Thursday, July 08, 2010

Our Energy Strain on Wildlife:

By now most realize that how we will get our energy in the future is going to be complicated.  We are more aware of how burning coal, running nuclear power plants, getting electricity from wind, and fracking for natural gas from shale affects our environment. 

Some of the effects include Global Warming, pollution, possibly contaminating our water supplies, and killing wildlife.  Below are two news stories (on the same day) of our power sources killing animals. Wind power killing birds; nuclear power killing fish.  

What are we to make of it?  I suspect many will be driven to distraction by the day-to-day reporting of these consequences of how we get our energy where the net effect will be an inability to make up their minds on energy sources.  Others will not be affected by any reports on how energy will affect our environment: they’ve already made up their minds. 

These day-to-day ad hoc reports of the effects of energy production do little to help us make a wise comprehensive choice on energy options for our future.  Neither will allowing the forces of the market tell us, as ‘the invisible hand’ is blind to environmental effects of our economy, except as an annoying externality.

We need a different way to access our energy options for the future that holds sustainability (keeping ourselves and our environment healthy) as the guiding principle. In today’s world where jobs, corporate owned media, continual political warfare, and short-term economic gains rule, there’s little chance that we will come upon a wise energy plan.  These stories point to critical input that we need to choose future energy sources, but how to we put them together for an overarching plan for a healthy, sustainable future?  

NCPR News Archive - Wolfe Island bird kills raise wind power concerns "A recent study of bird and bat mortality at Wolfe Island’s 82-turbine wind farm is raising concerns among environmentalists. Wolfe Island is Canadian territory, located where Lake Ontario empties into the St. Lawrence River. The report found 600 birds and more than a thousand bats were killed by the windmill blades in a six month period. Nature Canada called the numbers “shockingly high.” (July 7, 2010) NCPR: North Country Public Radio

Pickering nuclear plant ordered to quit killing fish - thestar.com The Pickering nuclear power plant is killing fish by the millions. Close to one million fish and 62 million fish eggs and larvae die each year when they’re sucked into the water intake channel in Lake Ontario, which the plant uses to cool steam condensers. (June 6, 2010) News, Toronto, GTA, Sports, Business, Entertainment, Canada, World, Breaking - thestar.com

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