"VANPAH DRY LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays — "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.
Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an average of one "streamer" every two minutes, are urging California officials to halt the operator's application to build a still-bigger version.
The investigators want the halt until the full extent of the deaths can be assessed. Estimates per year now range from a low of about a thousand by BrightSource to 28,000 by an expert for the Center for Biological Diversity environmental group.
The deaths are "alarming. It's hard to say whether that's the location or the technology," said Garry George, renewable-energy director for the California chapter of the Audubon Society. "There needs to be some caution."
28,000 birds killed per year? "There needs to be some caution." Ya think?
It's interesting how you right wing nuts do and say everything you can to discourage progress.
If you freaks had your way we would still be burning oil to read by at night.
Get this and get it straight .Most of the oil and coal that is in the ground will stay there. Yes, fossil fuels will be used for years to come but their roll, as a percentage, is becoming smaller and smaller and will end altogether.-
lake the point of Mr. BS post was not him in support of birds but merely to show that those who support solar or wind find themselves at odds to those who get their feathers all ruffed up at loss of bird life. The right rarely cares about any life except their own of course. The post was merely a "Straw Man" to show that one so called left wing project (how capitalist solar power is leftist is only possible in the minds of a right winger and the same about wind as well you would think the right owns all the oil and nukes in the world lol) Birds are the concern of the left wing boys and girls that see the loss of birds as some sort of terrible event. While it is clear cut example of mankind effecting nature as to bird killing and the right will point this out the possibility of mankind being a part of Global Warming is flatly denied.
I have been a member of the Sierra Club but dropped out because while I share a lot of concerns they have I still put human life above wildlife and the money they want to spend on animals can be better spent on hungry and sick children.
For Capitalist many of them right wingers to oppose and make light of solar and wind and other new sources of energy for the only reason that somehow it is seen as a left or Demo agenda is more political brain dead instead of Capitalist. The future will show a need for new sources of power as oil and ng will run out and Nuke will always be a dirty and very dangerous source so good capitalist development of new sources present hope, and opportunity for profit. T. Boone Pickens is no left winger and he went after wind big time.
Mostly the right too often is against something for no other reason that the left is for it and the same holds true for the left. Personal greed or the fear of higher oil and ng prices over rules the idea of new profit opportunity in new energy sources. Birds will not stop solar but better batteries would help a lot and better transmission for wind.