by Jerome a Paris
Tue Aug 24th, 2010 at 04:04:01 AM EST
Or so says the blaring headline in the Daily Hate:
Wind farm clue to horrific 'corkscrew' seal deaths
Experts probing the so-called 'corkscrew deaths' of seals on Britain's East Coast believe the building of a huge offshore wind farm could be to blame.
The corpses of 50 seals with a clean 'corkscrew' cut running from head to tail have been washed up over the past 18 months.
Ouch. That's really bad, right? Evil, evil windfarms.
Except that the very same article (but deep down below) says this:
Dr David Thompson of the seal mammal research unit in St Andrews said: 'We don't think the deaths are being caused by wind farms per se - but there may be a link with the traffic associated with them.
'The wound looks as if the animal is being hit with something with a right-angled edge, but the animal is then rotating against that blade.
'We think it's probably a ducted propeller device.'
So, it's not the wind farms, but it might be the boats that go to and forth to the wind farm. But wait:
"Both Scira and the police have checked all equipment on vessels operating at the site and found no connection," said Scira in a statement yesterday.
Meanwhile, harbour operator Wells Harbour Commissioners (WHC) issued a statement arguing that the boats accused of causing the injuries could not have been responsible.
"These seals began to be found in December 2009 but the fast supply boats using Wells to service the wind farm did not start operating from Wells until April 2010," the company said. "It is therefore entirely wrong to assume that the works to create the new Outer Harbour in Wells are coincident with these seal deaths."
But why bother with facts when you can get a catchy headline and continue your ideological war against all things (vaguely) hippie!
Added to the wind power series