On April 6, energy firm NextEra pleaded guilty to three federal charges of killing eagles with wind turbines. The plea included an $8 million fine, an agreement to pay almost $30,000 for future eagle kills, and a commitment to spend $27 million to prevent future kills.
The penalties should have been worse. Prosecutors alleged NextEra’s raptor-slayers had executed 150 eagles in eight states.
NextEra didn’t act alone. Hundreds of hypocritical nonprofits implicitly endorse eagle elimination. The notorious list includes the Natural Resources Defense Council, the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club, and the Environmental Defense Fund. Financial support comes from big names such as the Ford Foundation.
“Supporters of Wind Farms over Nuclear Power Are Eagle Killers, Not Conservationists” by Ken Braun, April 20, 2022.