If only Pinocchio’s nose had been cut for timber !
The RSPB, always rather a suspect organisation in terms of its political activities, has excelled itself. It has formally objected to plans by Cuadrilla to drill for shale gas, on the grounds of potential damage to birds.
Remember that the RSPB is a knee-jerk supporter of green policies and “action to prevent climate change”. As part of its approach, it is a vocal supporter of wind turbines, apparently oblivious to the fact that wind turbines, on many estimates, kill millions of birds (and bats) every year, and are very ineffective at reducing emissions. The industry responds that cats, and traffic, kill more birds than wind turbines. This may be true, but turbines preferentially kill rare birds, raptors, and migrating birds.
So let’s get this clear: the RSPB is a charity for the protection of birds. The clue is in the name. Well-meaning elderly folk leave the RSPB generous legacies
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