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  1. In wind-powered Iowa, Trump blasts wind energy as a bird killer

    In wind-powered Iowa, Trump blasts wind energy as a bird killerSpeaking in one of the top wind-producing states in the country, President Trump on Wednesday attacked wind energy for harming birds and being unreliable.  "I don't want to just hope the wind blows to light up your homes and your factories," Trump said at a rally in Cedar Rapids. After pausing for applause, he said, "As the birds fall to the ground." This alluded to a favorite attack he has aimed at the rapidly growing wind power industry since his campaign, which is that turbines are responsible for harming birds.  The wind energy criticism was odd given that Iowa has policies aimed at encouraging the development of wind power in the state. While Texas generated more wind energy than any other state in 2016, according to the Energy Information Agency, Iowa's wind and solar output had the highest share of the state's total electricity generation.  The two renewable sources accounted for 37 percent of the state's electricity generation last year, the EIA found.  Tom Kiernan, the CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, fired back at Trump on Twitter.  We were confused by some of the President's remarks #TrumpSpeech about #windpower tonight? Here are some industry updates. (1 of 4) — Tom Kiernan (@TomCKiernan) June 22, 2017 Iowa reliably generates >36% of its electricity using #windpower, has over 8K #windpower jobs, and over 2K well-paying factory #jobs. — Tom Kiernan (@TomCKiernan) June 22, 2017 #windpower causes <0.01% of human-related bird impacts, best for wildlife of all utility-scale energy sources https://t.co/6pEy0QTyDd. pic.twitter.com/w1Faq27qHe — Tom Kiernan (@TomCKiernan) June 22, 2017 As America's #1 renewable energy by capacity, we appreciate the President's inclusion of wind in his all of the above strategy. (4th of 4) — Tom Kiernan (@TomCKiernan) June 22, 2017 Though he touts his commitment to an "all of the above" energy policy, Trump has a long history of criticizing wind turbines as unreliable generators of energy and bird killers. He has gone so far as saying that wind turbines kill "all the birds."  In a 2016 appearance on his radio show, Trump told 2012 presidential candidate Herman Cain that wind turbines are responsible for killing prized eagles in California.  "And it kills all the birds. I don’t know if you know that," Trump said. "Thousands of birds are lying on the ground. And the eagle. You know, certain parts of California – they’ve killed so many eagles. You know, they put you in jail if you kill an eagle. And yet these windmills [kill] them by the hundreds." In a campaign speech focused on energy in May of last year, Trump made sure to mention that wind turbines "kill eagles" in large numbers. During that speech he instead promised to favor development of fossil fuel resources, such as coal, oil, and natural gas. Trump's affinity for our avian friends is noteworthy, considering how many environmental and energy regulations he has already moved to roll back, potentially harming species ranging from whales to the endangered sage grouse.   According to a 2013 study published in the journal Biological Conservation, wind turbines cause between 140,000 and 328,000 bird deaths per year. This compares to between 365 and 988 million birds that are killed annually by building collisions in the U.S., according to a 2014 study by some of the same researchers.  


  2. Fake quake: Report of major California temblor a false alarm

    Fake quake: Report of major California temblor a false alarmLOS ANGELES (AP) — The only tremors from a reported major earthquake off the California coast came on the internet.


  3. Amazon has applied to patent a beehive-like drone tower (AMZN)

    Amazon has applied to patent a beehive-like drone tower (AMZN)Amazon has applied to  patent a multi-level beehive-like tower that would deploy and receive delivery drones. The patent was filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office and published on Thursday. In the patent, Amazon describes the tower as a "multi-level fulfillment center for unmanned aerial vehicles".


  4. Blast from air guns used in hunt for oil killing plankton and threatening marine ecosystems, scientists warn

    Blast from air guns used in hunt for oil killing plankton and threatening marine ecosystems, scientists warnAir guns used to explore for oil below the seabed appears to kill off vast amounts of plankton and krill – upon which much of the marine food chain depends – up to 1,200m from the site of the blast, according to a new study. The research was published shortly after the US National Marine Fisheries Service announced it was considering allowing oil exploration off America’s Atlantic coast for the first time to the outrage of conservationists. The Southern Environmental Law Centre warned the air guns – compared to “dynamite-like blasts going off every 10 seconds for weeks or months on end” – would do “significant harm” to the fishing industry and endangered whales in the region.


  5. Stephen Hawking lays out plan for settling space, from moon and Mars to the stars

    Stephen Hawking lays out plan for settling space, from moon and Mars to the starsBritish physicist Stephen Hawking has repeatedly warned us that we have just a century or two to move off Earth, and he just shared his vision for how to do it. Hawking laid out a timetable this week during a lecture titled “The Future of Humanity,” presented to an audience of 3,000 attending the Starmus Festival in Trondheim, Norway. He said a base could be established on the moon within 30 years to serve as a gateway to the rest of the solar system. Settlers could follow up with a Mars base within 50 years. But Hawking went on to… Read More



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