Condor controversy puts Google, other wind investors in cross-hairs
With the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service warning that most of the planned wind projects for the Tehachapi pose a threat to the condor, such questions are not academic and could potentially even land companies like Google and Citibank in the cross-hairs should a bird be killed. ..."The take of an endangered species is a violation of the law and the culpable entity would be liable."
January 6, 2012
by Todd Woody
in Forbes Magazine
In a feature story in the January 16 issue of Forbes Magazine I write about how the revival of the iconic but critically endangered California condor is on a collision course with the Golden State's wind farm boom in the Tehachapi Mountains north of Los Angeles.
Government biologists, wind industry executives and environmentalists have formed a task force and are racing to find a technological solution to the condor conundrum. On the verge of extinction 25 years ago, North America's largest bird is rapidly expanding into its historic range where wind turbines are sprouting like California poppies after a March rain.
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