by Countable | 12.27.17
Since 1918 the federal government has protected migratory birds via the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). The Obama administration used the MBTA as a tool to go after energy producers whose installations contributed to migratory bird deaths. The Trump administration quietly rescinded the policy, stating they will no longer prosecute “oil and gas, wind, and solar operators that accidentally kill birds”, reports the Washington Post.
Supporters of the change say that the previous administration’s interpretation of the restriction against illegally pursuing, hunting, taking or capturing birds without a permit is overly broad as applied to power system installations. Advocates believe the change will remove the incentive for industry to negotiate solutions to an ongoing problem.
The Post states that rough estimates point to hundreds of millions of bird deaths a year:
“hundreds of thousands of birds probably die each year when they become caught in wind turbine blades. Oil-waste pits kill between a half-million and 1 million birds each year, according to Audubon, while power lines cause the death of up to 175 million birds per year.”
Collin O’Mara, president of the National Wildlife Federation, said in an interview that the Obama administration’s legal interpretation was too broad, but that the new interpretation is too narrow, and does not provide the balance and “certainty both industry and conservationists have sought for years.”
Are you concerned about a balance between conservation and industry generally, or in this case specifically? Do you think a balance is possible, or should the needs of either conservation or energy take precedence?
Tell us in the comments what you think, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!
— Asha Sanaker
(Photo Credit: Max Pixel / Creative Commons)
Written by Countable
Conservation is the priority. Big business needs to adapt to global warming. Corporations have the money to research and improve processing of their products so that there will be a future in which their products will be used. Ex: Kill farm lands and Caterpillar goes down. Make the vehicles earth and environment friendly.
I feel like the energy department has a responsibility to keep their impact as low as possible on the environment. Unsustainable energy, and energy at the cost of ecosystems are unacceptable. Progress through environmental neglect is not progress. We live in this environment if we destroy it, it will destroy us.
Wow. Protecting migratory birds didn’t negatively impact energy companies. The birds on the other hand died, which is about as negative as you can get.
Wow. Is there any animal, mineral, environment, people that Trump won’t grind to dust in order to advance himself and his rich pals while dragging the country back into the dark ages? This man is evil. Everything he touches turns to crap. Anyone who supports him is an abomination.
Corporate America has already decimated honey bees. NOW it’s time we extinguish those pesty birds. I will be dancing and celebrating on the scorched earth that USED to be my garden
What the HELL ARE THESE PEOPLE THINKING??? Corporations are ruling our country. The animals & the elderly, the children’s and DACA children are all being SCREWED BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. AMERICA IS NOT GREAT ANYMORE, IT’s BECOMING TRASH.
Has anyone in Congress ever watched the flight of migratory birds? Has anyone marveled at their beauty, their resilience, their wisdom, their strength, their ability to survive? But of course their ability to survive has just been trumped, hasn't it?
This administration gets more and more sickening by the day, hell, sometimes even by the hour. Only interested in protecting rich, white individuals, Big Oil, coal industry, polluters, you name it.
To congressmen Tester, Daines, and Gianforte. As a resident of Montana, and how much we care for the land and animals around us I feel this is the most appalling thing Secretary Zinke could do. This needs to be reversed by congress. Big corporations need to learn to adapt to the world and not the world adapt to them. Please I urge you to take action against this. I am a constituent and I vote in ever election.
So energy producers are liable because thousands of birds can’t see? Thats. Freaking. Hilarious. Maybe they should post warning signs for these birds; use Woody Woodpecker as the official bird for Bird Safety.
djt and his corporate cronies are despicable.
There IS a Happy Medium. However, conservation of wildlife should be considered first.
Ok I’m just gonna say it...these white rich greedy Republican men are ass holes. They would sell their mothers soul if they could make a dime. 2018 2018 2018 2018 2018 2018 2018 2020 2020 2020 2020 2020 2020!!
I am concerned about a balance between conservation and industry. We do want to protect migratory birds. We need to make sure that some protections are in place to prevent the killing of these birds.
It would be nice to see a balanced approach instead of ceding the country to big business. Let’s give the citizens & animals & the land & water a serious voice in policy.
What is wrong with this administration?? Will they roll back every protection? Protect our environment and stop prioritizing corporations above actual people and the environment.
Another assault on the environment. Only way to fix this is to have the rich live in their horrendous stew.
There needs to be a balanced between the necessity of protecting migratory birds from injury and the progress toward more clean energy sources. Designing safe wind turbines, establishing a quick and comprehensive cleaning method when oil is leaked. We do not fully comprehend the importance of migratory birds to the balance in nature
Thousands or millions? Where are all those bird carcasses?🤔
These deaths need to be investigated and accounted for. We cannot sit by passively as massive amounts of a species are killed. These birds are part of an ecosystem on which we are all dependent. Rules governing the dangers to migratory birds encourage companies to find safer and less invasive ways of producing their product that has fewer unintended environmental consequences.