Saturday, May 05, 2007

Hunting Down Misinformation

Spent some more time last evening and today responding to misinformed blog posts about wind power and birds. It is truly amazing how much misinformation there is circulating on this issue, and how poorly it is understood. There is an excellent general article on Treehugger.com ("Common Eco-Myth: Wind Turbines Kill Birds") that should be required reading for anyone who writes on the subject.

At the other end of the spectrum, we have "Wind Farms Must Think of Birds and Bats", a post that introduces a whole new set of myths into the public record. My guess is that this is unintentional and perhaps results from language difficulties, but nevertheless, there it is.

What is most unfortunate is that, with a major scientific study having concluded that one million species may be driven to extinction by 2050 due to global warming, and other scientists having found that wind energy is one of the technology "wedges" needed to fight global warming, there has developed this persistent myth that wind power cannot coexist with birds.

I've attempted to correct factual errors at both of these sites. If you see something I have missed, or have additional suggestions, feel free to comment here.

Regards,
Tom

2 comments:

Robin said...

I've just written a similar post (well, more of a rant really) over at my blog (thanks for the link by the way).

Tom Gray said...

Wow, that is a rant, isn't it? (grin). But I appreciate the sentiment. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

Regards,
Tom