German Wind Lobby Demands Endangered Species Protection To Be Watered Down 

Posted: September 5, 2019 by oldbrew in Big Green, climate, Energy, government, turbines, wind
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Feldheim village near Berlin, Germany.


Consider the uproar that greets most kinds of environment-related proposals that even might have a negative impact on any sort of wildlife. Then wonder at what the wind industry has so far been allowed to get away with. Does the pushback stand a chance in the face of current climate change mythology?

The ban on killing endangered species is turning into an ‘absolute obstacle to planning’ new wind farms in Germany, says Die Welt.

Now, the wind lobby wants to water down conservation laws protecting endangered species. The wind power industry can hardly erect any new turbines because of a flood of complaints.
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The ban on killing endangered wildlife is turning into an ‘absolute obstacle to planning’ – extrapolated death figures show that tens of thousands of birds are affected.

When the wind power industry presented its interim results at the end of July, the shock waves went far beyond the eco-electricity scene: in the first six months of the year, only 35 new wind turbines were added in Germany.

The German Wind Energy Association (BWE) actually considers it necessary to build more than 1400 turbines per year in order to achieve the national renewable energy targets by 2030.

The German government has been alarmed. It had just set itself the 65% target of renewable electricity by 2030.

Now wind energy, the most important driving force behind the green energy transition, is at risk of falling away just when young climate activists are dominating the headlines and citizens’ climate fears prove to be important for the election. Federal Economics Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) has therefore convened a “wind energy summit” this Thursday.

The wind power industry has very precise ideas as to what this meeting must decide in order to get their business going again. Most wind farm projects fail because of complaints from forest and bird conservationists and the lack of permits under species protection law.

The ban on killing endangered wildlife under Section 44 of the Federal Nature Conservation Act has developed into an “absolute obstacle to planning” from the point of view of the industry. At Altmaier’s Wind Summit, the industry wants to remove this obstacle.

It is not often that an eco-industry, of all industries, demands that conservation laws should be softened. After all, the “Progress Study” already estimated in 2015 that the then 12,841 wind turbines in the North German study area were responsible for the deaths of 7865 buzzards, 10,370 ringed pigeons, 11,843 mallard ducks and 11,197 gulls within one year.

Victim numbers such as these happened although the nature conservation authorities had a say in the approval of the wind parks.

In view of the thousands of dead animals, one could conclude that the officials were not exactly overly strict. But that is exactly what the German Wind Energy Association claims.

Full article here.

  1. ivan says:

    I don’t know about the birds but would expect that Feldheim village (in the photo) would be empty of people with that many wind monsters nearby. If there are any people living there their health must be very bad. My mother used to live near 3 of the smaller ones and complained of feeling sick most of the time, it wasn’t until my sister insisted that mum went to live with her that she got better and could think clearly and remained that way until she died.

    For some strange reason all the green blob ignores the health and well-being of people as well as the birds and bats. All the owners of the monsters see is the free money from all the subsidies the monsters generate.

  2. oldbrew says:

    Ivan – the truth may surprise you…

    Feldheim: Germany’s renewable village

    ‘Some experts believe Germany could get 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2050. That might seem like a distant goal – but it’s one that’s already been achieved in a tiny village in Brandenburg.
    . . .
    Petra Richter, 51, is a life-long resident of Feldheim and acts as the village’s mayor. She said the villagers are immensely proud of what they have accomplished.’

    Japanese tourists seem to like it 😟

  3. The original article is interesting. The wind farm sells 99% of all of its electricity to the grid but that state later on in the article that the village is installing a large battery which will have the ability to power the village for 2 days.

    With a windfarm of 47 turbines within walking distance, it is not a good indicator to the reliability of supply from wind.

    But, we knew that!

  4. ivan says:

    oldbrew, the question is ‘is that the truth?’ They all appear to be well paid if, as the article implies, the farmers are no longer doing much farming, where is the money from?

    The other thing, I would love to see an infrasound map of the village and can’t help wondering how well they sleep at night, or are the things switched off to enable that?

  5. oldbrew says:

    Feldheim already has a 2-day battery according to this. Population was 128 back in 2010, later 148 (see video at site below).

    The video says the battery storage contains 3,360 lithium-ion packs – it looks like a warehouse. They need good fire insurance 🤔

    There are also roof-mounted solar panels, a solar park and a biogas plant. If all that caters for 150 or so, what about all the other billions on the planet? And who cleans up the mess when birds get in the way of the turbine blades – the local cats?

    If it sounds expensive, well…’with financial support of the EU, Feldheim decided to build their own electricity and district heating grid’. So even the UK taxpayer chipped in some euros there.

  6. hunterson7 says:

    The Germans deserve the disaster they creating for themselves. That much if the West is stumbling into the same self-extinction is “shame on us”.

  7. hunterson7 says:

    Wind turbines are the crucifixes of this new hodgepodge “woke” religion.
    How horrible to live in the middle of a rural industrial zone.

  8. Bijean Ford says:

    Green energy at the expense of endangered avian wildlife….interesting conundrum.
    Check out our post at referencing related issues:

    Nice post…keep up the good work!