Israel, Wind Turbines and Football Violence

March 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Syndicated columnist and author Peggy Noonan often breaks her articles into two or three segments on different topics. Perhaps she does this because she only has so much to say on an issue, or maybe she knows that what she has to say she need not belabor.

I have a few topics for comment today. …

Messrs. Obama and Netanyahu had a better meeting last week than they had the previous time they met in Washington. Mr. Obama seems to have melted some of the ice between the two leaders by recognizing that Mr. Netanyahu has the right as the leader of his country to, as he says, “ensure that Israel remains the master of its fate.”

Imagine that! After all, it is just plain bizarre that the Israeli Prime Minister felt acompelled to make this statement in meetings with an American president after Israel has been repeatedly threatened with nuclear annihilation by an unstable leader of a state that sponsors global terrorism and is currently racing to develop a nuclear weapon to potentially carry out that threat.

In the coming months, should Israel decide in its own national security interests that pre-emptive strikes against Iran’s nuclear facilities are necessary, we will see by the way Mr. Obama chooses to react whether this currently professed support of Israel is built to last, or is just election-year politicking and protection of voter quadrants. …

From Wednesday’s “Notable Quotable” section of The Wall Street Journal Opinion page, Matt Ridley of the Global Warming Policy Foundation website is quoted as saying, “To the nearest whole number, the percentage of the world’s energy that comes from wind turbines today is: zero.”

This could be good news for the golden eagle and thousands of other migratory and endangered specie birds which are sliced out of the sky each year by wind turbines.

If wind energy contributes nothing to our overall energy needs, why wouldn’t protectors of wildlife not intervene on behalf of these slaughtered animals just as they have in Alaska where they have so effectively saved migratory caribou from the “dangers” of oil exploration? Are certain animal species more valuable than others? Or could there be a discrepancy in the protection of different energy sources?

Perhaps what’s missing is a single standard. That’s why it was encouraging to see in a Thursday WSJ column, by Robert Bryce, that environmental organizations are finally mobilizing. Not to put a halt to wind energy, mind you, like they have succeeded in doing with oil in ANWR and on the Keystone pipeline, but to as Bryce says, “petition the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to toughen the rules for siting, permitting and operation of large-scale wind projects.”

I guess it’s a start. And short of recognizing that green energy isn’t green when it’s colored red in bird blood, we hope the birds understand not to fly into any relocated wind turbines. …

And last up for the day is a story I hope we can all agree on, left or right, Democrat or Republican, cat or dog.

Most of us love football. Personally, I’d have loved it more this year if the Patriots had won, but those are the breaks, and Eli Manning and the N.Y. Giants were terrific. As fans, we should be more than dismayed – we should be disgusted – by any football organization that pays cash bounties to players to purposely injure players on the other team. This is revolting, and it says things about our society today that one just doesn’t even want to contemplate.

If I were commissioner of the NFL, I’d consider stripping the New Orleans Saints of their 2009 Super Bowl title. That would send a message. After that, any player, coach or owner at any time in the future caught paying or accepting cash to purposely injure another NFL player would not only be banned from ever playing the game again, but would also be prosecuted in a court of law.

As if football isn’t dangerous enough without some players trying to maim others and taking cash money on the side to do it. As fans, we have a role to play in supporting the NFL to see that this barbarism stops permanently. If it doesn’t, our power will be in not watching.

Geoff Cutler is owner of Cutler Tree LLC in Southern Pines and is a regular contributor to The Pilot and PineStraw magazine. Contact him at

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