Avian mortality and wind energy production in Texas

dc.contributor.advisorPaterson, Robert G.
dc.creatorFord, Scott A.en
dc.date.accessioned2013-11-21T20:08:45Zen
dc.date.available2013-11-21T20:08:45Zen
dc.date.issued2007-12en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractWind energy development and its stigma of avian mortality provide a case for exploring the complexities that can occur between science, law, politics, and planning. The present method of measuring mortality appears flawed and may hamper the ability of resource agencies, the public, and industry in making educated decisions about siting wind farms and protecting species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has the ability to take an active role and affect a project already constructed. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act appears to keep the issue of avian mortality within the minds of wind energy developers. Protecting species on the brink of extinction is codified in the Endangered Species Act, which seems to be well suited for protecting most species. The significance of avian mortality can be linked to public perceptions. The industry in Texas has taken the approach of not sharing avian-related data, except in very few instances. Providing such substantial federal incentives through the Production Tax Credit rather than direct federal funding bypasses the National Environmental Policy Act and its requirement that federal governments consider impacts to the environment.en
dc.description.departmentCommunity and Regional Planningen
dc.format.mediumelectronicen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/22363en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.rightsCopyright is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en
dc.rights.restrictionRestricteden
dc.subjectWind energyen
dc.subjectWind farmsen
dc.subjectAvian mortalityen
dc.subjectTexasen
dc.titleAvian mortality and wind energy production in Texasen
dc.typeThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentCommunity and Regional Planningen
thesis.degree.disciplineCommunity and Regional Planningen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science in Community and Regional Planningen
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