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Solar Power Plants Are Literally Roasting Birds In-Flight
Slate ^ | 7/8/2014 | Nicholas Lund

Posted on 07/09/2014 4:33:28 PM PDT by RightGeek

For proponents of renewable energy, it seems like every time a technology is primed to save the world, it gets dogged by some ironic bit of environmental unpleasantness. Wind turbines can be dangerous to birds and bats. Biofuels require so much land, fertilizer, and water that they may use more energy to produce than they provide. Hydropower dams screw up a whole lot of river habitat and stop fish from spawning.

The latest on this list of “dark green” technologies is thermal solar power, which is coming into vogue in the southern California desert.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife employees and energy company staff found 233 birds of 71 different species at three California solar facilities—Ivanpah, Genesis, and Desert Sunlight—during random surveys over two years. That’s not a huge number of birds (though the limited scope of the collections means it’s just a fraction of the actual deaths), but what’s shocking is the way some of these birds are dying: They are literally being burned alive, in midair.

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Birds came to feed on the insects, and bigger birds came to feed on the insect-eaters. When birds flew into the hottest areas, observers saw them emit streams of smoke from their feathers. On-the-ground staff found birds with their flight feathers burned away, some still alive but unable to fly. During their visit to Ivanpah, the report states, USFWS staff saw birds burn in midair “every two minutes.”

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Researchers found an unusually high number of water birds dead at the Desert Sunlight facility. These birds, including grebes, herons, ducks, and even pelicans, died not from the heat but from blunt force trauma. The cause was clear, as stated in the report: “A desert environment punctuated by a large expanse of reflective, blue panels may be reminiscent of a large body of water.”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ecoweenies; solar
Leave it to the ecoweenies
1 posted on 07/09/2014 4:33:28 PM PDT by RightGeek
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To: RightGeek

Hey. Now I have a reason to buy one of these solar boondoggles. I will be able to walk out into my front yard and pick up fried chicken off the lawn.


2 posted on 07/09/2014 4:34:20 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: RightGeek

I’ve joked before about birds being roasted by it in flight and now its true! WOW!


3 posted on 07/09/2014 4:35:37 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: RightGeek

Way cool...the death ray WORKS!


4 posted on 07/09/2014 4:38:53 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: RightGeek

Add some salt, pepper, rosemary......


5 posted on 07/09/2014 4:42:55 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: RightGeek

Bastard assholes!


6 posted on 07/09/2014 4:43:25 PM PDT by upchuck (Everyday, Joe Wilson becomes more correct!)
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To: RightGeek

That settles it. We’ll just have to make do without energy.


7 posted on 07/09/2014 4:46:27 PM PDT by DugwayDuke
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To: RightGeek

I’ve said for years combine this with windmills and you have a steady supply of cooked shredded poultry to feed the starving victims of the Baraqqi Depression.


8 posted on 07/09/2014 4:47:38 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: DugwayDuke
That settles it. We’ll just have to make do without energy.

Yup, go back to living in grass huts and caves.

9 posted on 07/09/2014 4:59:58 PM PDT by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: BBell
Funny how leftist freaks are surprised when the fantasy is exposed and reality sets in. They are in for more surprises when their heads are fully removed from their rear ends and they wake up to the AGW SCAM. OBAMA'S ELIGIBILITY SCAM. FAST and FURIOUS political fraud. BENGHAZI cover-up and dereliction of duty. IRS political targeting.
10 posted on 07/09/2014 5:06:25 PM PDT by spawn44 (MOO)
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To: RightGeek

The EPA has no problems with wind turbines slaughtering eagles, I am sure they are fine with some fried ones.


11 posted on 07/09/2014 5:08:49 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: RightGeek

Oh great.. We’re harnessing the sun’s intense heat and reflecting it back into the sky. Won’t that contribute to “global warming”?????


12 posted on 07/09/2014 5:36:19 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: Veggie Todd

You may want to gut it first...and remove feathers.


13 posted on 07/09/2014 5:54:18 PM PDT by Kackikat (ELECTED officials took an OATH...get off your cowardly a$ses and be A PATRIOT now!)
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To: RightGeek

El Condor Pasa!!


14 posted on 07/09/2014 6:13:14 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: RightGeek
It's bad for feathered birds and aircraft. Those garage door size mirrors will blind a pilot in a passing small aircraft.
15 posted on 07/09/2014 6:19:08 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Veggie Todd

Open a Chick Fil A close by


16 posted on 07/09/2014 6:22:48 PM PDT by woofie
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

I hear that Flying Chickens taste better than the ones that can’t Fly. I just don’t know where to find any.


17 posted on 07/09/2014 6:26:52 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (THEY LIVE, and we're the only ones wearing the Sunglasses...)
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To: woofie

Make that an Eagle-Fil-A!


18 posted on 07/09/2014 6:27:30 PM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: RightGeek

Solar roasted eagle. Mmmm!

19 posted on 07/09/2014 6:29:08 PM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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I wonder how the folks at Slate deal with these conflicting concerns given the usual gratuitous, vapid nonsense it normally spews.


20 posted on 07/09/2014 6:31:14 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Mamzelle

El Condor Pizza!


21 posted on 07/09/2014 6:33:12 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: RightGeek

Didn’t they do an “Environmental Impact Study?” The EPA isn’t gonna like this!


22 posted on 07/09/2014 6:34:40 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: RightGeek

This is so sick. These people are going to have a very bad day of judgment when they face God and are asked how they cared for the earth. I think that God is not amused that His creatures are treated as such. It’s one thing to kill to eat, but it’s totally different to callously kill thousands of wildlife like this, but then these same people see nothing wrong with exterminating babies, either.


23 posted on 07/09/2014 6:41:31 PM PDT by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

Pelican, it’s what’s for dinner.


24 posted on 07/09/2014 6:43:30 PM PDT by drunknsage
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To: RightGeek

We should use the biofuel known as oil.


25 posted on 07/09/2014 6:44:09 PM PDT by BinaryBoy ("Immigration Reform" is ballot stuffing)
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To: Joe 6-pack

We cook ‘em, the turbines chop them up. We could start a “Green Bird” franchise!


26 posted on 07/09/2014 7:37:44 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: RightGeek

The purpose of renewable energy is to protect the environment. In order to protect the environment we must kill it.


27 posted on 07/09/2014 7:43:20 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: Myrddin
It's bad for feathered birds and aircraft. Those garage door size mirrors will blind a pilot in a passing small aircraft.

You know the mirrors move to keep the focus on the tower. A plane would have to fly between the mirrors and the tower.

28 posted on 07/09/2014 8:06:27 PM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the libs say we are.)
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To: RightGeek

I missed the part where he recommends what power sources to use if solar isn’t good enough for him anymore...


29 posted on 07/09/2014 8:52:20 PM PDT by BobL
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To: TangoLimaSierra
You know the mirrors move to keep the focus on the tower. A plane would have to fly between the mirrors and the tower.

True, but the mirrors do not focus 100% of their rays on the tower. There is always some divergence of the light that gets past the tower, as seen below.

It's not any worse than the sun reflecting off a body of water, however.


30 posted on 07/09/2014 8:54:12 PM PDT by Ol' Dan Tucker (People should not be afraid of the government. Government should be afraid of the people)
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To: TangoLimaSierra

The focus isn’t precise. A lot of light goes past the
tower. I’ve seen the one near Primm as I passed on I-15.
Lots of scatter.


31 posted on 07/09/2014 9:12:53 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: BBell

“Yup, go back to living in grass huts and caves.”

Some of you guys for sure but not me. I’m going to be one of the extra special elite who’ll live in great style planning the lives of the ‘little people’. Much more fun than grass huts and caves.


32 posted on 07/10/2014 10:21:02 AM PDT by DugwayDuke
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