Construction to Begin on First Va. Wind Farm

Construction could begin by early summer on Virginia's first wind-powered electric generation project. Full Story
Gruben

Port Tobacco, MD

#1 Mar 7, 2010
What is the current status of this project? Anyone know?
Power From Windbags

Rocky Mount, VA

#2 Mar 7, 2010
They should set this up outside the nearest teabag gathering. Power for everyone!
Dont Kill Birds

Rocky Mount, VA

#3 Mar 13, 2010
Wind farms are terrible for the environment and kill millions of cute little birds. We need to start drilling for clean burning oil instead of slaughetering millions of birds.

“Killed by the thought Police”

Since: Jan 10

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#4 Mar 13, 2010
Please tell me oh noble one, how is a windmill powered by the wind that blows either way, more harmful for the environment, than burning oil we don't need to burn ?
thinking free

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Mar 13, 2010
How bout we erect oil rigs right next to those that want to save the birds.
Environment Responsible

Rocky Mount, VA

#6 Mar 14, 2010
Wind farms kill birds and even the bats that the environment needs. We need to fight these life killing wind farms the socialists are trying to jam through and start doing the responsible thing and drill for offshore oil. Only oil drilling can lower gas prices and save birds!

“Killed by the thought Police”

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#7 Mar 14, 2010
Environment Responsible wrote:
Wind farms kill birds and even the bats that the environment needs. We need to fight these life killing wind farms the socialists are trying to jam through and start doing the responsible thing and drill for offshore oil. Only oil drilling can lower gas prices and save birds!
Just how many birds are we talking about ?
I still fail to see your logic, we need to get away from our dependency on oil. Everyday the wind blows, the sun shines, and the tides roll, we would be moronically stupid if we didn't harness these free energy sources.
I find it hard to believe that the birds just can't learn to fly around them, I mean deer have learned that men in camo carrying guns aren't their friends......

“Killed by the thought Police”

Since: Jan 10

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#8 Mar 14, 2010
btw, I would advise not to go out to Kansas , you wouldn't be too happy, they have miles upon miles of them....
thinking free

Charlottesville, VA

#9 Mar 14, 2010
Miles and miles of what? windmills or dumbies talking about birds?

“Killed by the thought Police”

Since: Jan 10

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#10 Mar 14, 2010
thinking free wrote:
Miles and miles of what? windmills or dumbies talking about birds?
Windmills , can someone tell me how many birds we are talking about ?
Is it one a day or ten thousand ? Please give me something to support your claims !
Who pays you

Rocky Mount, VA

#11 Mar 14, 2010
Environment Responsible wrote:
Wind farms kill birds and even the bats that the environment needs. We need to fight these life killing wind farms the socialists are trying to jam through and start doing the responsible thing and drill for offshore oil. Only oil drilling can lower gas prices and save birds!
And exactly how long have you worked for the oil industry?
thinking free

Charlottesville, VA

#12 Mar 14, 2010
The socialists, Oh my god, where?

“Killed by the thought Police”

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#13 Mar 14, 2010
Environment Responsible wrote:
Wind farms kill birds and even the bats that the environment needs. We need to fight these life killing wind farms the socialists are trying to jam through and start doing the responsible thing and drill for offshore oil. Only oil drilling can lower gas prices and save birds!
Another idiot that thinks more oil will lower the prices...lol Hey I got a nice chunk of ocean front property here in Augusta county for sale for only $25 million, you interested ?

“Killed by the thought Police”

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#14 Mar 14, 2010
thinking free wrote:
The socialists, Oh my god, where?
Run....Run for the hills..
Wake Up and Grow Up

United States

#15 Mar 15, 2010
Environment Responsible wrote:
Wind farms kill birds and even the bats that the environment needs. We need to fight these life killing wind farms the socialists are trying to jam through and start doing the responsible thing and drill for offshore oil. Only oil drilling can lower gas prices and save birds!
Is it me, or are way too many people just falling for whatever self-serving pablum that these special interest groups are feeding the public.

Isn't anybody capable of thinking for themselves anymore, or have we reduced our national discourse to shouting the daily talking points we have been fed at each other while turning a deaf ear to the careful consideration of opposing points of view?

I have no data to back this up, but common sense suggests the oil industry has killed far more birds in the last 20 years that the wind eneregy industry. I would love to hear actual figures from a non-biased source though.

“Killed by the thought Police”

Since: Jan 10

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#16 Mar 15, 2010
Yea me too, I would love to hear a figure for how many stupid birds have died so far! I am guessing that Exxon's Valdez killed more birds in a week then every windmill in the country has in the past year.
I just asked Google the question and here is what I found:

Man-made structure/technology


Associated bird deaths per year (U.S.)

Feral and domestic cats


Hundreds of millions [source: AWEA]

Power lines


130 million -- 174 million [source: AWEA]

Windows (residential and commercial)


100 million -- 1 billion [source: TreeHugger]

Pesticides


70 million [source: AWEA]

Automobiles


60 million -- 80 million [source: AWEA]

Lighted communication towers


40 million -- 50 million [source: AWEA]

Wind turbines


10,000 -- 40,000 [source: ABC]
The rest of the article was pretty interesting as well: http://science.howstuffworks.com/wind-turbine...

“Killed by the thought Police”

Since: Jan 10

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#17 Mar 15, 2010
I say we outlaw Cats, they kill hundreds of millions compared to a few thousand
gorby

Rocky Mount, VA

#18 Mar 15, 2010
XD357Sig wrote:
I say we outlaw Cats, they kill hundreds of millions compared to a few thousand
Nahhhhh! Just burn them for fuel!

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