Help stop windfarms in South Africa’s rare birds’ habitats
Meet the South African chapter of Save the Eagles International:
Save the Eagles International South Africa (STEISA) www.savetheeaglesinternational.org.za
STEISA was founded in 2011 by Maaike Kallenborn.
Its Chairperson is: Maaike Kallenborn email@example.com
Please read below her appeal to save the remarkable South African biodiversity from the calamity of wind turbines. As in the US, Canada, Australia, Japan, the EU, Morocco, Egypt, Mexico etc., wind farms in South Africa won’t respect important bird habitats. They will, as elsewhere, attract and kill millions of birds and bats to their deaths, causing irreparable damage to rare species. These will be culled by the turbine blades year after year, all the way into extinction.
Indeed, wind turbines attract and kill raptors, hirundines and bats: http://wcfn.org/2013/07/01/tip-of-the-iceberg/
They also kill local birds which happen to pass by, as well as migrating birds, plus all those that collide with their power lines (cranes, storks, bustards etc. are especially vulnerable to wires): www.iberica2000.org/Es/Articulo.asp?Id=3717
The spectacular Bateleur Eagle
“It is reduced or extinct in most of its southern African range” http://www.krugerpark.co.za/africa_bateleur_eagle.HTML
The belief in global warming has been used by politicians everywhere to dish out billion-dollar subsidies to a redundant industry *, wind farms, in return for million-dollar financial contributions to their political campaigns. This systemic corruption, when not outright graft, has contributed in no small measure to the ruin of Spain, Portugal, Greece, and Italy. Even prosperous Germany, whose electricity prices have doubled and continue to race upwards because of unaffordable wind and solar energies, has recognised it can’t go on like this. If reelected, Angela Merkel is expected to overhaul the “Energiewende” (energy transition).
….. * Windfarms, a redundant industry: http://www.iberica2000.org/Es/Articulo.asp?Id=4540
We are saddened to see that South Africa is now following the same recipe for ruin. The Danish embassy has played a major role in this, doing all in its power to find new suckers ** to buy the useless contraptions manufactured by Denmark’s ailing multinational company, VESTAS. Poor South Africans will pay the price for this, as their power bills will increase sharply, and as unemployment rises as businesses and consumers alike have less money to spend.
….. ** “Suckers”: Howard Hayden, Professor of Physics Emeritus at the University of Connecticut: “In recent years, the little country Denmark has gained a certain amount of fame with its wind turbines. No, they don´t get much electricity from them. They sell them to suckers.“ http://www.epaw.org/documents.php?lang=es&article=l7
At the end of the process, South Africa will be poorer, and its tourism potential will be diminished by turbinised landscapes and extinct species – like the beautiful blue crane, endemic to South Africa and declining fast.
Here is STEISA’s appeal for you to protest to the SA government
before Sept. 15th 2013:
The following needs URGENT attention.
There is not much time left to take up South Africa’s greatest environmental challenge in its history1. Please read this carefully, help our threatened environment and forward this email to anyone who would be interested.
The Department of Environmental Affairs DEA appointed the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to undertake a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) to facilitate the efficient and effective rollout of wind and solar Photo Voltaic (PV) energy.The SEA aims to identify geographical areas best suited for the roll-out of wind and solar PV energy projects, referred to as Renewable Energy Development Zones (REDZs).
By the third quarter of 2014, the Renewable Energy Development Zones (REDZs) will be submitted to Cabinet for approval of the rollout of wind in the Northern Cape, Eastern Cape and Western Cape provinces, and solar PV energy in the Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Free State provinces.
The REDZs will allow wind and solar PV energy projects and associated grid infrastructure to be developed WITHOUT environmental authorisation (!), subject to certain conditions or guidelines.
Save The Eagles International, South Africa (STEISA) states:
We support giving the ‘new gold rush’ for renewable energy a strategic guidance, but we think that doing away with the Environmental Impact Assessments is a step to far. It is also unlikely these future developments will go out for public comment, and it is very unclear about how everything will work in practice. STEISA has little faith in what kind of environmental protection the “certain conditions or guidelines” will guarantee, given the applied buffer and exclusion zones described in the online documentation to be downloaded from STEISA website and from the CSIR website, and given the wind power industry’s history of denial regarding negative environmental impacts.
But most of all, eliminating Environmental Impact Assessments to speed up renewable energy developments is a reckless and destructive policy for the following reasons:
Another point of concern are the buffer distances given in the Identification of Exclusion Areas 2 and Identification of Study Areas 3 divided in Phase 1 ‘Exclusion’ and phase 2 ‘Sensitivity’. The data in the tables show a lack of knowledge of studies undertaken all over the world showing the negative impact that wind farms have on the environment such as birds and bats populations and nearby residents. Some examples:
For all these reasons we kindly ask you to send your critical questions, queries and comments to the previous mentioned Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) before the 15th of September, 2013. Download the Comment Form here. Please forward this email to anyone who would be interested.
For more information:
Please sent an email to: Maaike Kallenborn Chair person Save the Eagles International South Africa (STEISA ) firstname.lastname@example.org www.savetheeaglesinternational.org.za