RUSH: Get this. “Thirty-five windmills at a western Pennsylvania wind farm have been silenced at night since a bat that belongs to an endangered species was found dead under one of the turbines. The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown is reporting the farm shut down the windmills overnight after the Indiana bat was found Sept. 26.” A moment of silence for a dead bat. “The farm in question was built by Gamesa Energy USA and covers parts of Portage, Washington, and Cresson Townships in Cambria County, and part of Blair County, about 60 miles east of Pittsburgh.
“A spokesman for Duke Energy, which now owns the wind farm, says it has a cooperative monitoring agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine whether bats are being harmed by the windmills. The windmills will likely resume nighttime operation about Nov. 15, when the bats will hibernate until spring.” Until then, if you live anywhere near where these windmills power your house, and you need lights at night or heat at night or maybe to make the oven work, you are SOL. All because a turbine blade sliced up a bat that’s on the endangered species list. Thirty-five windmills. So we can be thankful that at this time of year up until mid-November, it’s never cold at night in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Never cold there this time of year when somebody might need to warm their house or use their oven or maybe even keep the lights on. I’m thinking of the song by Daddy Dewdrop, “Don’t ya jes’ love it. Don’t ya jes’ love it.”