On a single day earlier this month – and for the first time ever – wind power was the second-largest source of electric generation in the country, behind only natural gas. The Energy Information Administration reported on March 29th that wind turbines produced more energy than both coal and nuclear power.
Energy analysts expect that over the coming years, this phenomenon will likely become commonplace as installed wind capacity continues to grow, while use of coal continues to fall. The use of coal for electricity generation is down more than 50% since 2007.
While killing eagles is illegal under federal law, wind turbine owners don’t seem to be held to the same standard as everyone else. A lot of people think you’re not allowed to kill bald eagles, but you are. You just pay $53,333 for each one. And make sure you kill them with a wind turbine. Because it’s necessary to kill eagles to save them from climate change. Texas wishes they killed Feral Hogs instead!
(Data from EIA, Chart by chartr.co)