I was reading this morning about wind farms… and how they are lethal for bats. I am just wondering though – out of all the options we have, which is the lesser evil: coal and oil or air, water, and solar power? As I was reading about the cons of wind farms, I did get a little disheartened. Apparently, when the huge arms of the wind turbines rotate they change the atmospheric pressure in front of them. Birds are not affected by this pressure change, but bats are. When bats fly near them, the don’t get hit, they just die from internal hemorrhaging (um, ouch). But let’s think about it – there are plenty of ways to deter bats from wind farms. Bats rely on an echo navigating system, and some research groups have supported a radar system that would act as a bat scare. Granted, it’s not natural (nothing really is), but in my humble opinion, it’s a lot better than burning ancient mulch and dead dinosaurs. We can save the bats! No matter who wins the election this November [Obama, please], both are campaigning for more green energy . With science and time, perhaps he can earn the name Batman for his efforts to save our furry little blind friends.
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i'm from helena, montana. i now go to school at the university of montana and i study russian language as well as arabic language and southwest (middle east) and central asia.
This episode, we turned to MFPE President Eric Feaver and Montanans Organized for Education Executive Director Moffie Funk to discuss ongoing schemes to fund private schools with public dollars in Montana.