Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has made no secret of the fact that he favors traditional energy sources like coal and oil over newer, cleaner sources such as solar and wind power.
The Hill reports that during a rally on Monday, Trump made a rather novel argument against wind power by claiming it’s responsible for slaughtering birds on an unimaginable scale.
“The wind kills all your birds,” Trump said. “All your birds, killed. You know, the environmentalists never talk about that.”
They probably don’t because the number of birds killed by wind turbines is incredibly small compared to the number of birds killed by other things.
A study cited by the Audubon Society estimates that as many as 328,000 birds are killed each year by wind turbines.
While this seems like a lot, other studies have claimed that between 365 and 988 million birds die every year from crashing into windows. Other studies claim that pet cats slaughter literally billions of birds per year.
Despite this, Trump would likely never argue that bird deaths are reasons for humans to stop using windows or owning cats.
Russian Twitter propaganda predicted 2016 US election polls
But one conclusion was unequivocal: Russia unleashed an extensive campaign of fake news and disinformation on social media with the aim of distorting U.S. public opinion, sowing discord and swinging the election in favor of the Republican candidate Donald Trump.
Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans
The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.
In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.
Conservative Ben Shapiro tweeted something many found offensive — so now he’s calling his critics ‘garbage’
Right wing "thought leader" Ben Shapiro appeared today to say not using the "N" word is nearly impossible as he defended conservative, pro-gun teen Kyle Kashuv, one of the Parkland survivors who just had his acceptance to Harvard rescinded over his racist remarks, which included repeated use of the "N" word.
To be clear, Shapiro denies that's what he meant.
Here is Shapiro on Twitter, in what many took as him appearing to call not using the "N" word – in Kashuv's case, repeatedly, over and over and over again, "an insane, cruel standard no one can possibly meet."