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Letter: Sierra Club has strayed from its mission with Apex

Recently the Sierra Club of Western New York endorsed the proposed Apex industrial wind turbine project in Niagara and Orleans counties.

This endorsement came despite the findings of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the American Bird Conservancy that concluded these structures would result in the massive killing of birds, including bald eagles. The ABC has gone so far as to list this project as one of the 10 worst sited projects in the nation for killing birds.

How could the Sierra Club, an organization founded on the preservation and conservation of avian life, issue such an endorsement?

The reason given by the Sierra Club essentially was that because climate change will result in the extinction of all animal life on the planet, it may be necessary to tolerate the killing of birds now, in order to save the species later.

As a U.S. Army veteran serving in Germany during the Vietnam War era, I recall hearing of a most infamous event.

In February 1968, an American patrol along with heavy artillery and air strikes completely destroyed the village of Ben Tre. At a briefing that included journalists, a U.S. military officer explained the action by saying “It became necessary to destroy the town to save it.”

This quote is still used today to illustrate absurd logic that can lead to absurd and failed strategies.

It seems the Sierra Club, in abandoning its founding principles, has adopted the same absurd logic.

There is obviously political motivation behind this to downplay any and all documented side effects of industrial wind turbines.

Maybe the Sierra Club’s new slogan should be: “It became necessary to annihilate western New York’s avian population in order to save them.”

Robert LaPorte


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