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Wind Turbines Butcher Bats, Raise Farm Prices

Written By : Dave Blount
July 19, 2011

Not even bats benefit from moonbattery. Look what politically correct but economically idiotic wind turbines do to flying creatures of the night:

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Unfortunately bats aren’t the only ones who suffer from wind power poppycock:

A bat killed by a wind turbine in Somerset [Pennsylvania] can lead to higher tomato prices at the Wichita farmers market.

Bats are something of a one-species stimulus program for farmers, every year gobbling up millions of bugs that could ruin a harvest. But the same biology that allows the winged creatures to sweep the night sky for fine dining also has made them susceptible to one of Pennsylvania’s fastest-growing energy tools.

The 420 wind turbines now in use across Pennsylvania killed more than 10,000 bats last year — mostly in the late summer months, according to the state Game Commission. That’s an average of 25 bats per turbine per year, and the Nature Conservancy predicts as many as 2,900 turbines will be set up across the state by 2030.

This is a bad time to be a bat.

It’s also a bad time to be a taxpayer, since these noisy, inefficient eyesores only exist because our moonbat rulers lavishly subsidize them with our money. They are much more effective at raising farm costs by killing bats than they are at generating electricity.

Bats are nature’s pesticide, consuming as many as 500 insects in one hour, or nearly 3,000 insects in one night, said Miguel Saviroff, the agricultural financial manager at the Penn State Cooperative Extension in Somerset County.

“A colony of just 100 little brown bats may consume a quarter of a million mosquitoes and other small insects in a night,” he said. “That benefits neighbors and reduces the insect problem with crops.”

If one turbine kills 25 bats in a year, that means one turbine accounted for about 17 million uneaten bugs in 2010.

All those millions of bugs require farmers to spend a fortune on pesticides. No word yet from the polar bears on whether that helps the environment.

On tips from 4-8-15-16-23-42 and Dan F. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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