Hmmm...thought the Energy Independence Act was modified to include hydroelectricity..could be wrong. Anyway, from most folk's perspective, energy from water is renewable. However, dams and barrages are not the best way to get that energy because of the enormous cost associated wtih building, operation, maintenance, and environmental impacts. Looking for other ideas. Where do you get the data that wind turbines are torn down every 20 years due to excessive bird strikes (reference?) - or this is new news to me.
Finally, what is wrong with a diversified portfolio for domestically produced clean energy sources? In other words, why put all your eggs in one basket? Betting all your money on one horse? Nah, try a few. Diversification is the key - a little hydro, a little natural gas, some wind, some nuclear, maybe some biofuel....who knows, solar tech is getting better every day.