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I thought this was a really interesting article, worth sharing maybe.


ALTAMONT, California (AP) -- When it comes to wind power, few places are more productive -- or more deadly to birds -- than this gusty stretch of rolling hills between the San Francisco Bay area and the San Joaquin Valley.


At a time when demand is rising for greener energy sources, the Altamont Pass has become one of the nation's leading producers of wind power, generating enough pollution-free electricity annually to power 120,000 homes for a year.


But the Altamont, where more than 5,000 windmills line the hilltops, has also become a death trap for thousands of migrating birds that get chopped up in fast-rotating turbine blades as they fly through or hunt for prey.


An estimated 1,700 to 4,700 birds are killed each year in the 50-square-mile Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area, and of those fatalities, between 880 and 1,300 are federally protected raptors such as burrowing owls, red-tailed hawks and golden eagles, according to a study released last year by the California Energy Commission.


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Come to think of it, I bet it'd be neat to see the birds fly into the blades.

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Everything carries disease.  ;)

And what about Oh Henry bars?

There are 6-8 insect legs in every chocolate bar. Not to mention Lactase.


Small price to pay if it keeps our planet from becoming uninhabitable.


true dat homes. everything comes with a cost.

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