In remarks made Monday night at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania, President Trump picked a fight
with wind turbines, while discussing his plan to deregulate Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Under this initiative, states were given greenhouse gas targets to reduce emissions from power plants within their borders. Trump, while bashing wind turbines
, accused the renewable energy source of killing scores of birds, referencing
large masses of “killing fields” littering the area around the turbines.
According to estimates aggregated by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service
, cats are the biggest killers of birds, particularly migratory birds. Collisions from wind turbines kill a small fraction of birds in comparison to the damage that cats and glass buildings cause to the bird population.