Tell Sally Jewel: Don't Let The Eagles Die, Let Em' Fly
I know you agree with me when I say we need to invest more in clean, renewable energy sources that will allow us to realize a fossil free future. And I am sure that you would disagree that we have to choose between clean energy and protection of our wildlife. But this is exactly the choice that Interior Secretary, Sally Jewell, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is putting before us, and it could result in the killing of two of our nation's most iconic species, the Bald Eagle and the Golden Eagle.
Last week USFWS announced they were considering a proposal that would grant wind farms with a 30-year permit to kill 4,000 Bald Eagles and 2,000 Golden Eagles per year.1 While there are approximately 140,000 Bald Eagles nationwide, the Golden Eagle population stands at roughly 40,000, and is considered to be dwindling. Worse yet, under the proposed permit, industry rather than government agencies would be responsible for monitoring and reporting Eagle fatalities.
Now I am not flat out saying the wind power industry would be dishonest in their reporting, but I do agree with the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) who stated, "A system that relies on industry rather than government regulators to monitor and report problems fails to protect a beloved bird of prey stamped on the great seal of the United States."1 USFWS is making a big mistake and it could cost us majestic widlife that serves as a symbol for the nation. We need to let Sally Jewel know plain and simple: Don't Let The Eagles Die, Let Em' Fly.
Let's make sure she gets the message.