I know some people are sick of my ranting about wind farms. Just bear with me while I make a couple of points:
Yeah, Raven tells me that they've also made steps to solve the "flicker" effect (where the fins flashing in front of the sun cause rapid shade/sun alterations that can maybe potentially affect epilepsy, but also more definitely mess with prey birds and rodents and things and are just generally distracting. So what they can do is erect giant screens in front of the giant turbines, which won't break the wind but will dull flicker by evening out the shadow.
You know, of course, that a bunch of the companies putting these things up are subsidiaries of oil companies. Which pretty much settles the motivation questions right there, IMHO.
Oh yeah, yeah - they don't like to publicize, right, because they're short staffed. But it's in that dingy little hole behind the liquor store, up the steps and hang a left. Takes about six months for them to process the paperwork, and you can expect still to be charged your monthly fee during that time, but once everything goes through they'll refund whatever your balance is... usually amounts to about a nickel and a cup of coffee.
what a great time to start killing off or driving off with radio signals one of their major predators
Actually, the turbines don't do this. I ran across an article just the other day about this subject. Its the air pressure around that is created by the turbines that kills the bats by making their hearts explode (75% of the time.) If only I could find that article again I would send it to you.
A simple Google search can find a few more than the ones I've provided.
Yes, the pressure doesn't affect birds, bats are just really susceptible to changes in pressure. The bodies they've been finding have no external marks, just severe internal haemmorage and lung collapse. Almost nobody actually gets physically creamed by the rotors since they redesigned the towers. (Originally the towers were scaffold-style, and eagles nested in them, and I guess there were some pretty ugly accidents. But they fixed that.)