Fright of the Condor
The National Audubon Society yesterday denounced plans for a new wind energy project north of Los Angeles in the historical habitat of the endangered California condor. As part of the California government’s plans to promote renewable energy, the state last year awarded $7 million to Enron to help construct the farm. But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expressed concerns that the massive wind turbines could imperil the condors, which were reintroduced into the area after nearly going extinct in the late 1980s. The Audubon Society wants Congress to make wind farms within 10 miles of the habitat of endangered birds ineligible for a wind power tax credit. The tax credit expired this year, but Congress is expected to extend it.