Million of birds die. People get sick. Yet Vestas announces record profits from wind energy. Click To Tweet

Dead Red Kite in SpainWhile birds die from wind turbines and people are getting sick in their homes from turbines built far too close, Vestas announced yesterday record profits from wind energy.

Group revenue increased from €6.9 billion in 2014 to more than €8.4 billion. “In 2015, we executed well on our profitable growth strategy, delivering strong financial and operational results across the board and across the globe. Vestas met or exceeded its full-year 2015 guidance on revenue, EBIT margin, and free cash flow; and delivered double-digit margins and its highest ever net profit,” said Vestas CEO Anders Runevad.

No mention of avian mortality, human illnesses, or cancer rates among miners of neodymium for wind turbine permanent magnets.

No discussion of structural failure, the euphemism for collapsed turbines. A failure in Brazil, another in Sweden, two in Denmark and yet another in France were reported by the media. No deaths or injuries. Operations continue. There were several turbine crashes in the U.S. and Australia in 2015 as well.

In 2014, this research at Australia’s largest wind farm revealed massive kills:

Eagles, falcons, and other raptors make up to a third of the estimated 1,500 birds killed each year at Australia’s biggest wind farm.

The finding of an independent report for Macarthur operator AGL follows 12 monthly searches of 48 turbines at the 140-turbine operation in Victoria that found 576 bird carcasses.

After adjusting for birds eaten by scavengers between searches and the total 140 turbines, Australian Ecological Research Services estimated each turbine killed about 10 birds a year.

The analysis said this would include 500 raptors a year.

AGL has confirmed that 64 bird fatalities were found during the official searches and an additional 10 carcasses were found near turbines by maintenance personnel, landowners, or ecologists when not undertaking scheduled carcass searches.

The total included eight brown falcons, seven nankeen kestrels, six wedge-tailed eagles, one black falcon, two black-shouldered kites and one spotted harrier.

All profits to those who fund these Franken Towers!

Eagles, falcons, and raptors make up to a 1/3 of the 1,500 birds killed each year at Australia’s biggest wind farm. Click To Tweet Each wind turbine kills about 10 birds a year, most of them from endangered species. Click To Tweet

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