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.
After Trump: No free pass for Republicans — they own this nightmare
With the impeachment inquiry leveling up this month as public hearings begin, and with an election that might actually be the end of Donald Trump now less than a year away, the campaign to let Trump's Republican allies — even the most villainous offenders — move on and pretend this never happened is already underway.
This article first appeared in Salon.
Sadly, the clearest articulation of the let-bygones-be-bygones mentality has come from a Democrat — unsurprisingly, former Vice President Joe Biden.Biden, who is still, somehow, the frontrunner in Democratic primary polling, spoke at a chi-chi fundraiser on Wednesday, and dropped this pearl of wisdom: "With Donald Trump out of the way, you’re going to see a number of my Republican colleagues have an epiphany."
As climate crisis-fueled fires rage, fears grow of an ‘uninhabitable’ California
As activist Bill McKibben put it, "We've simply got to slow down the climate crisis."
With wildfires raging across California on Wednesday—and with portions of the state living under an unprecedented "Extreme Red Flag Warning" issued by the National Weather Service due to the severe conditions—some climate experts are openly wondering if this kind of harrowing "new normal" brought on by the climate crisis could make vast regions of the country entirely uninhabitable.
‘A profound emoluments clause violation’: Andrew Napolitano slams Trump’s hosting the G7 at Doral
In the wake of acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's announcement this Thursday that next year's G7 summit will be hosted at President Trump's Doral golf club, Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano pointed out that Trump would be violating the emoluments clause if he were to go through with the move.
At the outset of the segment, Fox Business Network anchor Neil Cavuto said that the announcement is "effectively saying the president has given himself this contract."