- - Tuesday, March 13, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is concerned about the number of birds killed by wind turbines (“Zinke says Interior should be a partner with oil companies,” Web, March 6). However, Mr. Zinke might be surprised to know that the National Audubon Society “strongly supports properly sited wind power” as a way to address climate change. Proper siting means avoiding migratory pathways and environments that could harm endangered species.

Audubon explains that if climate change is not addressed, one in six bird species worldwide could face extinction in the coming decades due to habitat loss. By supporting wind energy as one means to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions, Audubon is in effect prioritizing entire species over individual birds.

One lesson to be learned here is that, while there are some negative impacts from wind energy, they are significantly less than the long-term costs of our dependence on fossil fuels.

TERRY HANSEN

Oak Creek, Wisc.


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