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World's largest solar plant scorching birds in Nevada desert
Fox News ^ | February 15, 2014 | Staff

Posted on 02/15/2014 6:05:19 PM PST by Twotone

A stretch of the Mojave Desert has been transformed by hundreds of thousands of mirrors into the largest solar power plant of its type in the world, but the milestone is being met with criticism from environmental groups concerned about the effect of solar energy on desert wildlife.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: environment; ivanpah; solarpower

1 posted on 02/15/2014 6:05:19 PM PST by Twotone
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To: Twotone

No doubt, some of the same “environmental groups” who rage against fossil fuel....


2 posted on 02/15/2014 6:08:18 PM PST by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Broi)
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To: Twotone

Kennedy FRied Chicken - KFC

BrightSource my singed tail feathers!


3 posted on 02/15/2014 6:08:38 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: Twotone
Dare it be said?

Tastes like fried chicken.

4 posted on 02/15/2014 6:10:37 PM PST by stboz
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To: Twotone
Bob-au-que!
5 posted on 02/15/2014 6:12:58 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: Twotone

“...the intense heat surrounding the towers, which can reach 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit”

Man, that’ll really seal in them juices!


6 posted on 02/15/2014 6:14:59 PM PST by DemforBush (A Repo Man is *always* intense.)
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To: Twotone

Turn some cats loose to clean up the mess!


7 posted on 02/15/2014 6:20:32 PM PST by dalereed
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To: dalereed

let’s see: $2.3 billion divided by 140,000 homes =$15k per house. Seems about right. What about the loss during transmission?


8 posted on 02/15/2014 6:23:59 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: Twotone; All


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9 posted on 02/15/2014 6:25:42 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Twotone

Well, there you go. Just have a wind farm pluck ‘em first, and you got it made.


10 posted on 02/15/2014 6:25:49 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Twotone

Dear enviros,

This is rich. This was built on your behalf. If you can’t foresee that tiny little fluff-balls of black would instantly crisp in multi-million watt beams of light, which were an essential part of the design, why exactly should we believe that you can model the entire climate with all its myriads of intricacies, and thereby accurately predict doom, unless we do everything you ask for? Like building giant solar furnaces in the deserts where tiny little black, i.e. light-absorbing, birds fly? Hmmm?

Please savor the thought, for a moment here.

And then kindly respond to my question.

Sincerely,
Coloradan The Skeptic


11 posted on 02/15/2014 6:28:51 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: Twotone

It’s actually in the California desert.


12 posted on 02/15/2014 6:33:14 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: DIRTYSECRET

Not my house, it would take over 25 years to pay for it if it did produce 100% of all the electricity i use and we don’t try to conserve energy!


13 posted on 02/15/2014 6:37:59 PM PST by dalereed
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To: Twotone

What an eye sore.. Covering the ground with plates of scorching hot panels. Why aren’t environmentalists upset about THAT?


14 posted on 02/15/2014 6:41:50 PM PST by CivilWarBrewing
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To: Twotone

They found like a million fried Spotted Owls at this place.


15 posted on 02/15/2014 6:57:14 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Twotone
i guess this means local scavengers will get cooked meals from now on... MRE's for scavengers
16 posted on 02/15/2014 7:00:11 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: CivilWarBrewing

“What an eye sore.. Covering the ground with plates of scorching hot panels. Why aren’t environmentalists upset about THAT?”

A typical fossil fueled power plant could produce more energy than this turkey on about 40 acres. This turd is five square miles. Siri just advised me that one square mile is approximately 640 acres, so we have 3,200 acres here. If homesites are quarter acre a piece, this plant covers enough land for maybe 10,000 homes when you allow for infrastructure. Sounds like a terrible deal to me.


17 posted on 02/15/2014 7:27:18 PM PST by vette6387
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To: Twotone
I can't believe they didn't see this coming. But apparently THEY DIDN'T!

Morons.

18 posted on 02/15/2014 7:28:12 PM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: clintonh8r

The same groups who advocate turning America the Beautiful into America the Ugly by erecting those butt ugly wind turbines who also kill birds by the basketful.


19 posted on 02/15/2014 7:44:19 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: vette6387

One square mile isn’t approximately 640 acres.

It is exactly 640 acres.


20 posted on 02/15/2014 7:57:54 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: clintonh8r

I drive by that solar plant at least once a month. I think it looks neat. It takes up little room considering how much desert is out this way. There is not that much wildlife out here compared to more humid climates. The desert itself is an eyesore if you are used to living somewhere where it is green or an ocean is near. It is built with private money according to the article. So why knock it.


21 posted on 02/15/2014 8:31:10 PM PST by pleasenotcalifornia
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To: pleasenotcalifornia

There has to be government money involved, because, as an investment, this thing is as big a financial boondoggle as Social Security.


22 posted on 02/15/2014 8:33:33 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

At this time “alternative energy” makes no economic sense. It cannot survive as a business without some type of financial incentive provided by, who else? The taxpayers.


23 posted on 02/15/2014 8:38:21 PM PST by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Broi)
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To: Twotone

First, the obligatory observation that once again, the lib utopia has completely ignored or otherwise not anticipated the inevitable consequences. Short-term gratification with no regard for potential ramifications. Between the huge body of evidence that lib good intentions inevitably end up causing more damage than they fix, and the Haidt study showing how lib thinking is not the equal of conservative thinking, I suggest that there may be the groundwork for a justification for excluding anyone with a liberal bent from ever participating in national politics.

Second, on another thread here about this very generation plant, didn’t someone say the libs barred OHV usage of this area specifically to “preserve” the desert wildlife, only to install this gigantic bird cooker?


24 posted on 02/15/2014 8:44:08 PM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Twotone

Has anyone calculated the cost of keepint those 300,000 mirrors focused on the big matchstick. What is going to be the cost of maintaining 300,000 motors as well as picking up and discarding all those birds.


25 posted on 02/15/2014 9:05:19 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Twotone

Screw the birds! Let the solar plant rip!

Any body who worries about a few dead birds forget about the fish that get chewed up by the props of the millions of ships. Also, don’t forget road kill!


26 posted on 02/15/2014 10:50:27 PM PST by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

You are right. I did research and there was Gov. money. I should now better than think a modern day article is accurate.
Thanks for the reply.


27 posted on 02/19/2014 1:45:51 PM PST by pleasenotcalifornia
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To: pleasenotcalifornia

Are you saying this boondoggle is not subsidized?


28 posted on 05/26/2014 4:53:57 PM PDT by oldtech
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