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Trump makes a bizarre argument against clean energy: ‘The wind kills all your birds’

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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.

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“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.

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Democrats and Never-Trumpers gaming out ‘doomsday scenarios’ if president refuses to leave office: report

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According to a report in the New York Times, Democratic strategists and Never-Trumper conservatives fear Donald Trump will refuse to leave office should he lose in November and are making plans and figuring out their legal options should such an unprecedented state of affairs come to pass.

The report, by the Times' Reid Epstein, begins with one such possible scenario.

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‘Retaliation plain and simple’: Vaccine agency top Doc fired by Trump administration files whistleblower complaint

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Dr. Rick Bright has retained an attorney and will be filing a whistleblower complaint after the Trump administration fired him from his position as head of the federal agency charged with developing a COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Bright was moved to a different agency with a narrower focus after he raised concerns over President Donald Trump's obsession with promoting hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug recent studies found doubles the death rate in coronavirus patients.

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Checking blood for coronavirus antibodies – 3 questions answered about serological tests and immunity

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Coronavirus testing in the United States is moving into a new phase as scientists begin looking into people’s blood for signs they’ve been infected by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This technique is called serological testing.

Virologist Daniel Stadlbauer helped develop a serological test to detect SARS-CoV-2 antibodies and helped transfer it from the research lab to the clinical setting. Epidemiologist Aubree Gordon regularly uses serological assays in her research studies on influenza and dengue fever. She’s now established serological testing for SARS-CoV-2 in her research lab.

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