Some ornithophiles already place the words “golden eagle” and “extinction” in the same sentence.
Nonetheless, a 2009 Obama-era law lets people disturb or even kill eagles, so long as harming or whacking them is unintentional. Even worse, FWS announced last month, “the Service proposes to extend the maximum term for programmatic permits from five to 30 years.” So, the Obama administration plans to widen sixfold the loophole by which wind farmers may operate killing fields for eagles. This will spare wind companies the penalties that can befall those with eagle blood on their hands but without political connections.
First-time violators of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act of 1940 can receive $5,000 fines and one-year prison sentences. Second offenses double those punishments. Felony convictions can trigger $250,000 fines.
However, as the Los Angeles Times reports
, “federal authorities have not prosecuted any wind farm operators” for slicing eagles in two — along with condors, bats, redtail hawks, and other birds that run afoul of these giant rotors.
As an FWS press release states, “Eagles collected by Federal and State officials are sent to the Service’s National Eagle Repository, where they are distributed to Native Americans for religious and cultural use.” Despite this abundant supply of eagle feathers and cadavers that American Indians value, the Obama administration last March let Wyoming’s Northern Arapahos kill two bald eagles in a tribal ceremony. If not unprecedented, no such permit, FWS reports, had ever been granted through at least 2009. Thus, the Obamaites celebrate diversity by attacking biodiversity.
Among others, the evil oil companies that Team Obama loves to hate do not enjoy such favorable treatment.
• Last August, after helicopter-borne federal officials spent 45 days crisscrossing North Dakota for evidence, Obama-appointed U.S. attorney Timothy Purdon prosecuted seven petroleum producers for the 28 dead birds in or near their open waste pits. Mallard ducks, gadwalls, a solitary sandpiper, and others fatally mistook these pools of industrial discharge for natural ponds. Facing maximum fines of $15,000 per bird and six months behind bars under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, these oilmen pled guilty and agreed to pay $1,000 per bird. On January 18, however, federal judge Daniel Hovland dismissed Purdon’s case as excessively broad.
• Last July, FWS threatened to fine Alison Capo of Virginia, the mother of 11-year-old Skylar Capo, $535 for illegally possessing a woodpecker that her daughter saved from a hungry cat and soon released. Public disgust with such power-lust finally made FWS back off.
• Three years ago, after FWS investigated, a utility called PacifiCorp paid $10.5 million in fines after 232 golden eagles and other protected birds were electrocuted after landing on its power lines in Wyoming between January 2007 and July 2009.
Team Obama mocks the solemn words chiseled above the columns of the U.S. Supreme Court: “Equal justice under law.”
If bald eagles dropped dead beside oil derricks, Washington would pound the petroleum industry flatter than Wiener schnitzel. Instead, wind propellers chop bald eagles in half. Team Obama then lets wind companies eradicate even more of this republic’s innocent national bird.
This is not the behavior of normal Americans.
— New York commentator Deroy Murdock is a nationally syndicated columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University.