Who will speak for the elephants? And the sandeels?

UPDATE. Another story about the carnage of marine life in the North Sea.

LAST month the House of Lords Environment Committee heard evidence about the effects of offshore windfarms on the marine environment. The hearing was notable for revealing signs of concern from the RSPB about the devastation that is potentially going to be unleashed on the North Sea, a crime in which they have been complicit because of their silence up until now. Perhaps, after all these years, they are getting close to confronting the evidence of the harm their support for windfarms has done to birds.

The North Sea, RSPB policy officer Helen Quayle told the committee, is ‘littered with cabling from energy infrastructure’, going on to explain that this is a big problem for sandeels, a keystone species which is a staple food for many birds and other fish.

Something new but when are the greens ever going to be sincere about the environment?

Renowned for their acutely sensitive hearing in the lower frequency register, the long-distance communication between Africa’s elephants is being drowned out by an increasing number of these things being plastered across the African savanna.

Wind turbine noise in Kansas disrupted the nesting patterns of Greater Prairie Chickens, which fled and abandoned their nests to escape the daily sonic torture these things generate: Wind Turbine Noise Causes Greater Prairie Chicken Run

Sonically sensitive bees are being wiped out en masse next to wind turbines operating in Korea: Beeline to Fury

Not to mention the whales and other marine life when their habitat is invaded by offshore wind turbines.

Massive plans are being implemented to spend billions of  taxpayers money on thousands of wind  turbines  on the New England and mid-Atlantic coast. The fisher men see a threat to their livelihood and the destruction of the marine environment.

The most recent example is the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) decision to fast-track offshore leases to wind energy companies in the New York Bight — a 16,000 square mile triangular area off the coast between Long Island and New Jersey, where Govs. Andrew Cuomo and Phil Murphy want to construct at least 18,000 MW of wind.

BOEM also is supposed to consider the cumulative impacts of building thousands of offshore wind turbines and the Draft EIS admitted there is little research on those cumulative impacts, it is nevertheless full steam ahead for Vineyard Wind and the projects that the Cuomo and Murphy administrations intend to build in the Bight.

Those cumulative impacts may be irreversible. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers don’t know how decades of construction will affect the migration of fish and endangered right whales, whose population is estimated to be fewer than 400. Nor do they know the cumulative impacts on migratory seabirds and other wildlife.

According to NOAA, the commercial value of the New England and Middle Atlantic fisheries was almost $2 billion in 2018 and provided over 700 million pounds of fish and shellfish. That’s a lot of food. The industry also supports thousands of jobs. But like green energy mandates for corn-based ethanol that have raised food prices, the loss of seafood and jobs pales in comparison to the importance of appeasing Big Wind.

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15 Responses to Who will speak for the elephants? And the sandeels?

  1. Nicholas (Unlicensed Joker) Gray says:

    If the elephants won’t speak up for themselves, why should we!?
    Q. How many elephants would it take to change a light bulb?
    A None- they’re too busy on the phones making trunk calls!

  2. C.L. says:

    Who will speak for the elephants?

    Me!

  3. Crossie says:

    Animal rights is so 2019, the cool dissenters have moved on to Black Lives Matter and Antifa.

  4. C.L. says:

    That’s a really interesting and important piece, Rafe.
    Thanks for posting.

    So these stupid propellers are going to harm elephants and bees and marine life.

    I cannot tell you how sick and tired I am of this charade being played about renew balls vis-a-vis coal (and yes, nukes).

    You’d think – wouldn’t you? – that this is no brainer golden opportunity for a Liberal government to announce that we’re building 20 new, beautiful coal-fired power plants. But no.

  5. stackja says:

    How many windmills in Washington DC?
    How many in Canberra CBD?

  6. Lee says:

    … when are the greens ever going to be sincere about the environment?

    Never.

  7. Beertruk says:

    How many in Canberra CBD?

    You can see more than a few on the hills on the Highway into Canberra.
    A crapload of visual pollution.
    White elepahnats surounded by dead birds.

  8. Rafe Champion says:

    How often do you see them actually turning?

  9. Rex Anger says:

    How often do you see them actually turning?

    Only in Youtube videos…

  10. RobK says:

    … to the importance of appeasing Big Wind.
    Please, not after dinner on a Sunday night.

  11. Jock says:

    I’ve read a number of articles claiming that the Chinese are using uighers in their gulags to make solar panels. Even if the claim is far fetched, shouldn’t we be putting it to importers, greenpiece, renewables supporters and governments that their support buying and subsidising of panels is supporting modern slavery? I recall but I may be wrong, that Australia gets over 80% of panels from China. Because they are cheap. We should be asking for audits of supply chains, guarantees that forced labour / slavery is not being used in their manufacture. At the least these renewable fanatics need to address this huge human rights issue. Why are we letting this go to the keeper?

  12. Rockdoctor says:

    Currently in NQ. Plenty of coal ships around steaming in & out. Coals demise is greatly exaggerated, even thermal coal getting good prices.

    See the environmental impacts from waste of decommissioned panels & turbines as a bigger problem being studiously ignored though. Animals will repopulate these areas when the turbines are gone. The silence from PETA & likes of Animal Justice is deafeneening though.

  13. Rafe Champion says:

    Attention CL, this post has been updated to draw attention to the plight of the sandeels in the North Sea!

  14. gowest says:

    and the increasing amount of wind turbines effect the worlds wind flows – (slowing down). Who knows what damage that is doing?

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