Just worth noting the breathtaking hypocrisy here. It appears that he electrical power lines which festoon the country – any country with a grid that is – electrocute birdies. Especially big ones, who have the wing spans to land upon a line and then stretch to complete a circuit.
OK, that’s bad:
Now, in a landmark case, a Spanish electricity company is being prosecuted over the deaths of hundreds of birds electrocuted on pylons and overhead cables and for failing to comply with regulations designed to protect wildlife.
After a three-year investigation, Antoni Pelegrín, the attorney general for the environment in Barcelona, has brought a case for ecological crimes against the electricity company Endesa and six of its senior executives for allegedly failing to meet safety requirements.
The lawsuit claims that between 2018 and 2020 255 birds were electrocuted on pylons near Osona in northern Catalonia. Most were storks, eagles, peregrine falcons and vultures.
Separately, over three days in August 2018, 72 migrating white storks were electrocuted in Sant Quirze de Besora, also in northern Catalonia. A further 93 were electrocuted in the area between 2019 and 2020.
This is a worldwide problem but it is particularly severe in Spain because the Iberian peninsula and the strait of Gibraltar lie on one of the principal avian migratory routes, with millions of birds crossing the Pyrenees every year.
So we’re all environmentalists, we all think that sure, peeps should be responsible for the birdies they kill and great, let’s go get ’em.
So how many owners of those wind farms are being prosecuted for chopping them into little pieces? Or of the solar concentration plants that can boil them as they fly overhead?
Whassat? Ah, but that’s different? Sure it is, which is where the hypocrisy is, that insistence of difference, right?