Interior Sec. Zinke says wind turbines are worse for the environment than oil and coal and gas

U.S. Department of the Interior / Flickr Secretary Zinke and Colorado Senator Gardner...
U.S. Department of the Interior / Flickr

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has one job: whatever the hell the fossil fuel industry tells him to do, he does. Last week, during an energy conference Zinke explained how the gas and oil industry should be right inside of the Department of the Interior, and according to Boomberg, this is somehow a part of how green Zinke is.

When solar facilities are built on public land, people can’t hunt or pursue other recreation there, he said, and wind turbines “probably chop up as many as 750,000 birds a year.”

Zinke acknowledged, however, that “certainly oil and gas and coal have a consequence on carbon.”

At least he acknowledges carbon, I guess? But let’s get back to these bird-killing wind turbines! Here’s USA Today from a couple of years ago.

Wind turbines kill between 214,000 and 368,000 birds annually — a small fraction compared with the estimated 6.8 million fatalities from collisions with cell and radio towers and the 1.4 billion to 3.7 billion deaths from cats, according to the peer-reviewed study by two federal scientists and the environmental consulting firm West Inc.

Here’s the New York Times in 2011.

“Five billion birds die in the U.S. every year,” said Melanie Driscoll, a biologist and director of bird conservation for the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi Flyway for the National Audubon Society.

That means that on average, 13.7 million birds die in this country every day. This number, while large, needs to be put into context. The federal Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that a minimum of 10 billion birds breed in the United States every year and that as many as 20 billion may be in the country during the fall migratory season.

I’m no math genius but something about all of those numbers don’t seem to match up. Zinke’s apples and oranges comparison is a rhetorical trick called “being full of shit.”

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Twayner
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Twayner

“Being full of shit” is the perfect description for every one of trump’s picks for anything. He couldn’t properly interview for hire the lowliest job that exists in the WH and we all know it! Say you love and admire him, and you have a job! Then if you don’t kiss his giant behind correctly, he can just fire you and bring in another, more idiotic person.
After all, who the hell would want to work in the WH in any capacity? No one with a brain, that’s for sure.

Bartley Deason
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Bartley Deason

The ignorance of this administration is astounding. Added all together, they would still not match that of a 7th grader.

Bartley Deason
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Bartley Deason

It’s kinda ironic that when the Zinke was my representative to Congress, i did everything i could to be rid of him. Then he was chosen by Donnie John and now i have to wonder. Could he have done MORE harm to Montana than he is now doing to America? MAYBE it would have been better if he had stayed in Montana. Catch 22!

tom+webster
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tom+webster

THIS MAN IS THE WORST INTERIOR SECRETARY EVER. HE CARES NOTHING FOR RENEWABLE RESOURCE, OR TECHNOLOGY. HE IS AN IMBECILE YES MAN TO THE WORST OF THE WORST POLLUTERS AND DESTROYERS OF ENVIRONMENTS ON THE EARTH. HE IS TRULY A TRAITOR TO AMERICA. LET “MACHETE” HAVE HIM.