batsh*t crazy

Not only are they unsightly, drive local residents nuts, are completely ineffective, but now it turns out there’s another problem with PM “carbontax” Gillard’s beloved wind turbines.

Wind turbines have killed more than a million bats in the northeastern United States since 2006.

The butterfly effect suggests the flapping of a tiny insect’s wings in Africa can lead to a tornado in Kansas.

Call this the bat effect: A bat killed by a wind turbine in Somerset 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.

In short: Wind turbines kill the bats that kill the bugs that kill our crops.

Related: Some common global warming fallacies

    • elsie
    • July 19th, 2011

    Heavens! I never thought I would get a warm fuzzy feeling towards wind turbines. Killing bats eh? Queensland is plagued by multi-millions of these dirty filthy flying rats with their saliva and excrement that carry the Hendra virus that kills horses and people. Any attempt to cull them brings howls of outrage.

    A few would be lovely but a zillion is not nice.

  1. Hi,
    I was just about to say nearly the same thing as Elsie. I’m sure the greens couldn’t object to a wind turbine being put in some of the parks, and backyards around Hendra, it may be the only way to get rid of these dam bats, they really are dangerous.

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