CONVERSE COUNTY, Wyo. (AP) - It happens about once a month here, on the
barren foothills of one of America's green-energy boomtowns: A soaring
golden eagle slams into a wind farm's spinning turbine and falls, mangled
and lifeless, to the ground.

Killing these iconic birds is not just an irreplaceable loss for a
vulnerable species. It's also a federal crime, a charge that the Obama
administration has used to prosecute oil companies when birds drown in their
waste pits, and power companies when birds are electrocuted by their power

But the administration has never fined or prosecuted a wind-energy company,
even those that flout the law repeatedly. Instead, the government is
shielding the industry from liability and helping keep the scope of the
deaths secret.

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