Oil versus wind, or one flew over the cuckoo’s nest

Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil.
J. Paul Getty-businessman

Perhaps you are aware of the gulf oil spills’ carnage to the innocent birds. I have seen articles speculating on the fines BP should have to pay.

There is legal precedent for huge fines related to bird kill. It cost Exxon-Mobile $600,000 for the deaths of 85 migratory birds (Click Link), that is $7,059 per bird, and the Exxon Valdez disaster killed between 350,000 and 600,000 birds costing Exxon nearly a billion dollars in damages (Click Link). Actually, only 11,000 dead birds were found. Knowing more birds had to have died, realistic estimates ranged from 90,000 to 270,000 (Click Link) but the Greens used a PDOOMY (Pulled directly out of my ass) number and rounded it up to 600,000. Any of those numbers made it pretty expensive for Exxon: somewhere between $1,667 and $90,909 per bird.

Well, so far only 658 dead birds have been found on the Gulf coast. That was the count up to June 11th (Click Link). A more up to date count has proven to be elusive, but probably does not matter. After all is said and done, the fine will depend on another PDOOMY number with zero reference to reality anyway.

It is easy to see why the Greens are licking their lips at a chance to really punish BP. Something has got to be done to get those responsible to realize the damage they did to the bird population. Even the lowest fine from the precedents is $1,667 per bird. Let us fine all those responsible at least that much. Right?

Wait a minute. Are there not other man-made causes of bird deaths? Actually, it turns out that there are (Click Link).

Hum, ferial and domestic cats, hundreds of millions of birds killed. The cat owners had better have pretty deep pockets. At $1,667 per bird, that adds up pretty quickly.

Power lines: 130 million to 174 million. Get ready for that rate increase.

Windows: 100 million to a billion. What is that thing about people living in glass houses?

Pesticides: 70 million. Food prices may be going up.

Automobiles: 60 million to 80 million. Eh, does my insurance cover that?

Lighted communications towers: 40 million to 50 million. There goes the phone bill.

Wind turbines: 10,000 to 40,000. Of course, we only get 2% of our electricity from wind. That number will rise year after year.

I do not know and do not care how many of the above numbers are PDOOMA numbers. None of them reflect the trillions(?) of birds that die naturally each year. All creatures, including men, die. Some adapt and multiply, and some become extinct. Fining a person or a company because of an accident is silly. If there is criminal negligence, lock those responsible away.

Fining a company money that it will recoup by raising the product price is fining the general public, kind of like a new tax. Wait, didn’t Obama say that energy prices would skyrocket? It is the perfect solution. Fine the oil companies, raise the cost of energy, give the fine money to some green organization to save the world, get the green vote, don’t raise oil taxes, get oil political contributions and public support . . . .

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