Iberdrola SA and E.ON AG’s turbine dreams for the windswept Texas Panhandle may be stymied by the mating rituals of the lesser prairie chicken.The above is from an article titled, "Prairie Chicken Mating Dance Threatens Texas Projects (Update1)" from Bloomberg.com.
Wind-power developers such as E.ON are scouring sagebrush and grasslands for the presence of ground-dwelling chickens that could impede turbine construction plans. Once plentiful in the southern high plains, the bird has a high priority for listing under the Endangered Species Act. The listing would put at risk as much as $11 billion in turbines that are part of the U.S.’s renewable-energy push.
Federal protection for the chickens will hamper Texas’s plan to add 5,500 megawatts of wind power in the region by 2013, a 60 percent increase for the state. President Barack Obama wants to double all U.S. energy from renewable sources such as the wind and sun in three years to reduce dependence on imported oil and the greenhouse-gas emissions blamed for global warming.
That environmentalists and greens brought this predicament upon themselves is ironic. Environmentalsist want "alternative energy" but what they choose to support is more dangerous to the dezinens of the environment than what we already have. Typical.