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September 12, 2013

Study by FWS scientists confirms 85 eagle deaths from wind farms

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-09-12 11:42:34

Wind farms have killed at least 85 eagles in nearly a dozen states over the past 15 years, according to a new study by Fish and Wildlife Service scientists. But that tally underestimates, “perhaps substantially,” the total number of eagles that have been struck by wind turbines, due to a lack of rigorous monitoring and reporting of eagle deaths, the study said. [ read more … ]

House conservatives stop science bill, fearing liberal climate agenda

Evan Lehmann, E&E reporte  •    •  Posted 2013-09-12 11:42:53

House leaders abruptly pulled a bill yesterday that sought to honor top scientists after conservative groups expressed concern that President Obama might politicize the position to advance his agenda on climate change The measure, H.R. 1891, would allow a president to name three scientists as unpaid laureates to inspire school-age Americans to pursue degrees in science and engineering. The bill, introduced by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and co-sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the Science Committee, was scheduled for an easy vote yesterday on the suspension calendar, typically meant for noncontroversial legislation. [ read more … ]

R.I. company to develop offshore wind farm

By Mariya Bashkatova, Senior Staff Writer, Brown Daily Herald  •    •  Posted 2013-09-12 11:43:14

Rhode Island-based renewable energy company Deepwater Wind won the first federal auction for offshore wind development, paying $3.8 million for 164,000 acres of ocean on the Atlantic seaboard between Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The lease for the Deepwater Wind Energy Center has not been officially signed but will be completed in the next few weeks, said Jeff Grybowski ’93, CEO of Deepwater Wind. [ read more … ]

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