Sunday, February 16, 2014

Maybe they should start calling it "red energy" instead of "green energy."

Rich Moran, February 16, 2014
The mirrors of a giant Californian solar plant that will provide enough energy for 140,000 homes are "scorching" flying birds from the sky.  The $2.2 billion Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System spans 5 square miles (13 square kilometres) of land southwest of Las Vegas in the Mojave Desert.  It is believed to be one of the largest solar plants in the world, and contains three towers as high as a 40-storey building, and nearly 350,000 mirrors, each the size of a garage door. The towers reflect light on to boilers, which create steam to power generators.
Its opening has highlighted the tensions between the renewable energy and wildlife conservation wings of the green movement.  Conservationists claim that it has seriously disrupted the habitat of local bobcats, coyotes, tortoises, and kit foxes, and the 1,000F (537C) temperatures generated by the mirrors are burning birds from the sky.
Biologists producing compliance reports for site owners BrightSource Energy found dozens of dead birds on the site before it opened, some with "scorched" wings and feathers……. I suppose the scorched birds can be given out as part of the food stamp program. They're already half cooked which should please liberals…..To Read More……

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