SAVE THE WHALES – Except When they Get in the Way of Green Energy

Essay by Eric Worrall

If you thought advocating bird killing wind turbines and solar thermal was the limit of green hypocrisy, think again.

We thought we’d saved the whales. Were we wrong?

Antarctica is a space of solace and sustenance for southern-hemisphere whales, but for how much longer?

What does a whale know?

It is minus 5 degrees – a balmy summer’s afternoon in Antarctica. The sky is white and the sea is glossy black. We have been sitting in this black rubber Zodiac for almost three hours, and I’ve begun to be wimpily conscious of the frostbite on my left foot, red and itching beneath my rubber boot and three layers of sock.

The problem today is that human markets are also consuming Antarctic krill. We use it for three non-essential purposes: as an additive in commercial salmon feed; in pet food; and as an omega-3 supplement for humans. A dozen industrial-sized factory ships are currently hunting krill in the Antarctic: the biggest players in the industry are Norway and China. China is rumoured to have another eight krill super-trawlers planned, and there is pressure to increase the catch.

And finally, it feels like a place where time is moving at warp speed. Climate change has made the Antarctic Peninsula one of the most rapidly warming parts of the planet. And this year marked a new record low level of sea ice on the continent as a whole. As well as protecting glaciers and icecaps that would cause enormous sea-level rises if lost, and the oxygen-generating phytoplankton that thrive beneath it, sea ice is crucial habitat for minke and killer whales and several species of seals and penguins. It also shelters Antarctic krill during their larval and juvenile stages. And we already know how much depends on krill.

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Greens don’t seem nearly as concerned about whales when they are supporting offshore wind power.

Something bad is happening, but nobody seems to care much. h/t David Wojick;

… NOAA said it has been studying what it calls “unusual mortality events” involving 174 humpback whales along the East Coast since January 2016. Agency spokesperson Lauren Gaches said that period pre-dates offshore wind preparation activities in the region.” [Gaches is NOAA Fisheries press chief.] …

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The US government was recently asked to consider simple measures to reduce the risk offshore surveys pose to whales, such as stopping surveys during whale season. But such simple measures to avoid harm were rejected in favour of a vague plan to monitor the situation.

Alternative to minimize impacts on NARW [NARW = North Atlantic right whale]

A commenter requested that BOEM include a range of alternatives to prohibit HRG surveys during seasons when protected species are known to be present in the Project area, in addition to any dynamic restrictions due to the presence of NARW or other endangered species. The commenter requested that BOEM include EIS alternatives that require clearance zones for NARW that extend at least 1,000 meters with requirements for HRG survey vessels to use Protected Species Observers and Passive Acoustic Monitoring to establish and monitor these zones with requirements to cease surveys if a NARW enters the clearance zone.BOEM reviewed this request for an alternative and determined that it would be more suitable to address potential impacts of HRG surveys through mitigation and monitoring (rather than as an EIS alternative). Refer to Appendix H, Mitigation and Monitoring, for BOEM’s recommended measures to avoid or minimize impacts on marine mammals during construction and operation of the Projects.

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The offshore wind industry is concerned enough about potential blowback that a bunch of offshore power companies have applied for incidental take permits, a free pass for accidentally killing whales.

Of course, murdering protected species isn’t the only issue greens have rolled over on. Remember back when greens chained themselves to trees to prevent the construction of hydroelectric dams? Nowadays greens cheer the development of hydro systems, as zero carbon backup for intermittent renewables.

One day, when there are a lot fewer whales and endangered eagles and untouched green spaces, people might look back on and wonder about the great green betrayal. But I doubt we’ll ever get an apology from the current generation of greens.

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Tom Halla
May 14, 2023 10:13 am

If it is something that benefits people, greens will be opposed to it, as a first assumption. Wind is more of a stalking horse to oppose nuclear and conventional power, not something they really care about working.

May 14, 2023 10:24 am

The best way for objectors to push back on offshore wind farm developments would be to barge the beached whale carcasses to the Port of New York and New Jersey, and leave them rotting in the sun there for as long as it takes for them to rot down completely.

Even then, the stench will last longer than religion.

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Reply to  Mr.
May 14, 2023 11:19 am

Martha’s Vineyard… The deportations, protestations will come fast and furious.

Reply to  Mr.
May 14, 2023 11:21 am

Religion (i.e. behavioral protocol): morality in a universal frame, ethics its relativistic sibling, and law their politically consensual cousin.

May 14, 2023 10:54 am
May 14, 2023 11:02 am

All of the older civilisations had very different values – and sacrifice of one sort or another wasn’t unknown.

The new climate religion is no different to its forebears. Sometimes one has to burn the village to save the village…

Reply to  strativarius
May 14, 2023 11:22 am

The mode and operation in modern sects. Throw another baby… fetal-baby on the barbie for fair weather progress. Millions of human rites are performed annually, globally and still the specter of [catastrophic] [anthropogenic] climate change looms at the outer limits of scientific prospective.

Last edited 25 days ago by n.n
May 14, 2023 11:04 am

Mother Earth must be appeased. . . Unless she doesn’t. Or the earth must be destroyed in order to save it. . . Or something.

May 14, 2023 11:18 am

It’s Green, not green; although, advocacy is likely done with green motives and dreams.

Reply to  n.n
May 14, 2023 11:57 am

And as columnist Tim Blair observed a while back –
“nothing Green ever works properly”

Reply to  n.n
May 14, 2023 7:31 pm

It’s just green with socialist envy.

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Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Streetcred
May 15, 2023 4:54 am

“When green and red colours are mixed, the colour produced is yellow. Yellow is a secondary colour which is obtained by mixing two primary colours (red and green).”

Steve Keohane
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
May 15, 2023 8:04 am

I don’t know where that site got its information, but it is wrong. Green is not a primary color, blue, red and yellow are the primary colors. Secondly, mixing red and green produces brown.

Janice Moore
May 14, 2023 12:10 pm


(i.e., use ” ” for accuracy)

(to describe the “renewables” scammers as “green” (without using ” “) is inaccurate and, moreover, highly misleading)

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Reply to  Janice Moore
May 15, 2023 11:16 am

It’s supposed to be misleading, Janice.

May 14, 2023 12:50 pm

It is so sad that these mongrels have co-opted the words green and environmentalist. We need to start calling them something else, these words don’t deserve to be treated like that. I am a green, I am an environmentalist yet I am nothing like these monsters. I want clean air, clean water, responsible mining, logging, building, power generation, transportation, safe work environments and on and on. We can do all of this at a reasonable cost, make a profit without losing jobs and still maintain a healthy earth.

Reply to  Bob
May 14, 2023 1:39 pm

Totally in agreement.
As long as ‘maintaing a healthy earth’ excludes worrying about CO2.

Reply to  Bob
May 14, 2023 9:58 pm



Greem in Name Only

May 14, 2023 1:03 pm

One thing I have learned, after watching social interaction over the last few decades is that green/left wing hypocrisy knows no bounds.

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Eric Schollar
Reply to  MarkW
May 15, 2023 5:39 am

Nor does its arrogance and ignorance. A terrifying combination!

Last edited 24 days ago by Eric Schollar
May 14, 2023 9:00 pm

Eagle population is recovering in most areas, don’t repeat Green lies.

Reply to  FarmerBrett
May 14, 2023 10:04 pm

According to this recent study:

However, other recent large-scale changes, such as infrastructures associated with wind farms, can have detrimental effects in the long term in the dynamics of golden eagles and are acknowledged as a main threat for this golden eagle population (Junta de Castilla y León, 2019), as has been noted for others, in Spain (Noguera et al., 2010), and elsewhere (Drewitt & Langston, 2006; New et al., 2015). 

Tom Abbott
May 15, 2023 3:15 am

From the article: “And finally, it feels like a place where time is moving at warp speed. Climate change has made the Antarctic Peninsula one of the most rapidly warming parts of the planet.”

This is BS (Bad Science).

The implication is that warmth on the Antarctic Peninsula is caused by CO2, when in fact, the warmth, when it occurs, is caused by a foehn wind.

Climate Change Alarmists lie about this all the time. This is another occasion.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
May 15, 2023 11:19 am

Not only that, but about 130 submarine volcanoes as well.

Ben Vorlich
May 15, 2023 3:37 am

There have been several cases of dead whales on beaches round the UK this year. For example This from Daily Mail

Second minke whale washes up on popular Scottish beach after a 31ft mammal was also left stranded on the shore a month ago
and this from the BBC
A dead whale found washed up on a beach in north Wales was an adult female, experts have said.

I don’t recall seeing any connection to wind farm construction in the media, although for Scotland (Angus is just a short whale swim north of East Lothian) there’s this

Wilson has just sailed an hour out to sea from Montrose, in Angus on the east coast of Scotland, with other local, interested parties. There, they witnessed a technician hop aboard one of the first turbines to feed power back to the mainland. A drone operator onboard protested about conditions that made it tricky to send up the machine. “We did deliberately decide to build it somewhere windy,” Wilson laughed after landing safely back on shore.

and North Wales there’s this about new wind projects.
The Crown Estate has signed agreements for lease for six off-shore wind projects, including a huge wind farm off the Welsh coast. The site off Wales, named Mona, has been secured by a partnership between BP and German energy firm EnBW. But put together, the sites have the potential to generate enough renewable electricity for more than seven million homes.From Walees Online

May 15, 2023 7:32 am

Shave the Whales, Pave the Planet
Shave the Whales, Pave the Planet
Shave the Whales, Pave the Planet

Yeah, think about that from several directions. Give a second of thought as to why we don’t use ducted screws as primary propulsion on ships: they CLOG when you hit dolphins, pilots, or whales.

Here’s the primary issue: it is already illegal for the type of sounding that is being done and killing the whales to be done. It is illegal to fish with explosives everywhere in the US. Explosives are defined by transferred force.

May 15, 2023 12:48 pm

The offshore wind industry is concerned enough about potential blowback that a bunch of offshore power companies have applied for incidental take permits, a free pass for accidentally killing whales.

The total number of whales killed by coal-fired or natural-gas-fired power plant can probably be counted on the fingers of one hand.

Before we had electric lights, some people used whale oil, so that the advent of electric lights probably saved a lot of whales.

May 16, 2023 5:58 am

The industry clearly realises there’s a problem with noise from installation work, going by this effort to use bubble curtains for mitigation:

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