EDMONTON — Environmentalists are concerned the Alberta government isn't doing enough to protect whooping cranes from oilsands development, as new data shows the iconic endangered species continues to migrate through the increasingly industrialized region.Bad, bad oilsands, as usual. Can anyone find an article from the CTV that is positive about the oilsands? Thought not.
"Whooping cranes need to be given their due consideration and we haven't seen that to date," said Peter Lee of Global Forest Watch, which issued a new report Sunday that combined information on the birds' migration paths with the location of oilsands facilities.
What really shows their biased reporting is the fact that they NEVER mention the fact that Whooping Cranes are in even greater peril because of all the wind farms that are directly in their flight path. They were either too lazy to research the article properly, or they just plain hate the oilsands and want to fear monger.
"We would hate to see any collisions with whooping cranes," said Laurie Jodziewicz, the association's manager of siting policy. "It would be very distressing for everybody."Aren't wind turbines known as bird choppers? Funny how when it is wind turbines, environmentalists are fine with whooping cranes flying into the chopping blades, and further developing the wind turbines, but when it comes to whooping cranes "flying over" the oilsands, hysteria ensues.
But Jodziewicz said the wind industry will continue to grow in the crane's migration corridor and should not be subject to regulations that don't apply to other industries.
Industry reluctant to change
"It's a very windy area," she said. "We certainly want to work toward minimizing impacts, but there is a real driver behind wind energy, which is the need for clean, renewable electricity.
Shame on CTV for providing such a unbalanced article, fawning over everything eco-weenies say, without checking facts. Okay CTV, we understand that you hate anything from Alberta, especially us Conservatives, but that was a really lame and poorly researched article. I want to see an article that praises how the oilsands are driving the Canadian economy, and therefore providing jobs for all who dare to come here, to Conservative Alberta.