'NOT A JOKE': Putin says wind power harmful to birds and worms

'NOT A JOKE': Putin says wind power harmful to birds and worms
July 9, 2019
July 9, 2019 1:01 PM EDT
Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he gives a speech during the Global Manufacturing & Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) in Yekaterinburg on July 9, 2019. (ALEXEI DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)
MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin questioned on Tuesday the use of wind power, saying wind turbines were harmful to birds and worms.
Russia, a world-leading producer of fossil fuel, is lagging other countries in its development of renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind-powered energy.
Wind power is rarely used in the country to generate electricity. Enel Russia pledged 90 million euros to build a power generation facility by 2024 with a capacity of 71 megawatts.
“Wind-powered generation is good, but are birds being taken into account in this case? How many birds are dying?” Putin said at a televised conference on industry in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg.
“They (wind turbines) shake, causing worms to come out of the soil. This is not a joke,” he said.
Putin added that people would not like to live on a planet dotted with “rows of wind-powered generators and covered by several layers of solar panels.”
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Hermann Höcker from NaBu (Nature & Biodiversity Conservation Union):
“It really depends on the location. At 80 to 90% of all wind parks, bird collisions are not a problem.”

SO...at 10 to 20 % of the wind farms, it IS a problem.

Earthworms leave the soil near wind turbines "seagulls no longer follow the plough in areas near wind turbines.

It has been suggested that the seagulls have learned that the worms have all been driven away and that in that area the farmer's plough will not bring breakfast to the surface.

They must go elsewhere for their food." Suggestion is this effect might be as wide as 18km radius from a turbine
Of course, he's right. In Britain we call them "bird shredders".

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