Report: That new $1.6 billion loan-guaranteed solar farm is basically a “mega-trap” for flying wildlife

posted at 8:41 pm on April 9, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

This is practically old news at this point, but… come on. Via the Desert Sun:

A new report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has labeled BrightSource Energy’s Ivanpah project a “mega-trap” for insects and birds that may get singed or in some cases, burned alive flying through the intense solar radiation reflecting off the thousands of mirrors surrounding three solar towers at the plant in eastern San Bernardino County.

The Center for Biological Diversity posted the report to the California Energy Commission website on Monday as part of its testimony opposing BrightSource’s 500-megawatt Palen project, located east of the Coachella Valley, which would use similar technology — soaring solar towers surrounded by thousands of reflecting mirrors. …

Particularly chilling is a section on the apparent incineration of birds and insects at the site, reported by staff from the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Office of Law Enforcement (OLE), who visited Ivanpah Oct. 21-24, 2013. …

“When OLE staff visited the Ivanpah Solar plant, we observed many streamer events. It is claimed that these events represent the combustion of loose debris, or insects. Although some of the events are likely that, there were instances in which the amount of smoke produced by the ignition could only be explained by a larger flammable biomass such as a bird. Indeed, OLE staff observed birds entering the solar flux and igniting, consequently becoming a streamer.

I would merely like to reiterate, once again, that mass bird deaths via solar farm (and don’t even get me started on wind farms) might very well be a equitable price to pay if this solar farm was otherwise worth its salt. Honestly, I could easily forgive the birds deaths if it were serving as a competitive and cost-effective alternative form of energy. The oil industry, for instance, ends up killing some wildlife in their production processes, too, and plain ol’ tall buildings bring down plenty of birds every year — but the problem is that this Ivanpah solar farm is not serving as a competitive and cost-effective alternative form of energy. It was only built because it received a $1.6 billion loan guarantee from the Department of Energy, on top of the tax credits and renewable portfolio standards that are otherwise propping it up, and the concentrating solar power (CSP) technology it employs comes nowhere close to providing energy as affordable as the value we’re currently getting from natural-gas plants. Green energy’s rent-seeking power players are trying to decide if it’s even worth replicating the CSP tech with a new project, or if Ivanpah should remain the first and only large-scale project of its kind — and bird incineration is just the icing on the cake.


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War on birds.

listens2glenn on April 9, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Will they get a blank check to kill as many eagles and condors as they like, just like windmill operators received from Obama?

theCork on April 9, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Maybe the U.S dollar should be made of Hemp…

So we can get something when they burn our money….

Electrongod on April 9, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Too bad it’s not located near Phoenix.

Flange on April 9, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Environmentalists hate wild animals.

rbj on April 9, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Old Hotness – Silent Spring

New Hotness – Fried Spring

workingclass artist on April 9, 2014 at 8:56 PM

First the wind mill farms act like a food processor to eagles…

… now we are microwaving them.

Never judge the left on the results of their policies, only their intentions…

Seven Percent Solution on April 9, 2014 at 8:58 PM

So which Democrap is making how much money from this boondoggle ?
And oh –save the smelt …save the smelt
:O

burrata on April 9, 2014 at 9:01 PM

The oil industry, for instance, ends up killing some wildlife in their production processes, too, and plain ol’ tall buildings bring down plenty of birds every year ….

Do tell, Erika.

Dusty on April 9, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Thsy should build them all in the Mojave desert, there’s not much wildlife to kill there :)…It think the largest solar plant in the country is actually the one in Antelope Valley, Lancaster or so…built by SunPower with Buffet’s money…

jimver on April 9, 2014 at 9:03 PM

BrightSource’s 500-megawatt Palen project

Great. That idiotic Hillbilly from Wasilly, Sarah Palen. Figures she’d have her wolf-murdering ass involved somehow.

Lanceman on April 9, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Hey, Erika, when are you going to cover the EPA’s use of humans without full and informed consent as ‘crash test dummies’?

The Environmental Protection Agency has been conducting dangerous experiments on humans over the past few years in order to justify more onerous clean air regulations.

The agency conducted tests on people with health issues and the elderly, exposing them to high levels of potentially lethal pollutants, without disclosing the risks of cancer and death, according to a newly released government report.

These experiments exposed people, including those with asthma and heart problems, to dangerously high levels of toxic pollutants, including diesel fumes, reads a EPA inspector general report obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. The EPA also exposed people with health issues to levels of pollutants up to 50 times greater than the agency says is safe for humans.

http://dailycaller.com/2014/04/02/report-epa-tested-deadly-pollutants-on-humans-to-push-obama-admins-agenda/

Resist We Much on April 9, 2014 at 9:08 PM

The White House is now denying there was even a dinner scheduled. They’ve scrubbed all references from the White House web site, they’ve demanded the return of printed copies of the schedule and the subservient state media complied. They’ve even deleted a State Department tweet about the dinner.

But there are screen shots.

VorDaj on April 9, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Hey maybe the Secret Service demanded cocaine and hookers and the Saudis refused ?

burrata on April 9, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Maybe they should shade it somehow.

BKeyser on April 9, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Too bad it’s not located near Phoenix.

Flange on April 9, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Nice.

Count to 10 on April 9, 2014 at 9:11 PM

A new report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has labeled BrightSource Energy’s Ivanpah project a “mega-trap” for insects and birds
==========================================================================

Auschwitz-Birkenau Wind Mills!!
(sarc)

canopfor on April 9, 2014 at 9:11 PM

No, but SERIOUSLY, ban lead!!!!!!!

WryTrvllr on April 9, 2014 at 9:13 PM

A new report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has labeled BrightSource Energy’s Ivanpah project a “mega-trap” for insects and birds
==========================================================================

D*mmitts,…el correction!!

Auschwitz-Birkenau Solar Panels !!
(sarc)

canopfor on April 9, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Oh great.

Flaming birds.

Just in time for fire season.

So much for the low carbon footprint on that solar project.

The panels were probably made in China, where the citizens of Beijing and Shanghai are choking from the pollution.

Way to go Obama Enviros, you planet killers.

MichaelGabriel on April 9, 2014 at 9:14 PM

A few hundred cubic feet of desert will be hot enough to kill things — is that more of a “killing field” than millions and millions of natural forest or field fires?

But, I am worried about paying for inefficient boondoggles.

mockmook on April 9, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Maybe the U.S dollar should be made of Hemp…

So we can get something when they burn our money….

Electrongod on April 9, 2014 at 8:55 PM

What, and save the petrodollar?

WryTrvllr on April 9, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Never judge the left on the results of their policies, only their intentions…

Seven Percent Solution on April 9, 2014 at 8:58 PM

It makes them FEEL better. Consequences be damned.

rottenrobbie on April 9, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Ivanpah

BrightSource’s LPT solar thermal system is operating at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS) in California’s Mojave Desert. Ivanpah, which started construction in October 2010, is the first project that is delivering power to serve the company’s signed contracts with PG&E and Southern California Edison. The project – which counts NRG Solar, Google and BrightSource as equity investors – is currently the largest solar plant in the world. The project was constructed by Bechtel.

http://www.brightsourceenergy.com/ivanpah-solar-project#.U0XwBaLDWnY
=====================================================================

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is designed to do exactly that. Ivanpah utilizes proven solar thermal technology and a low environmental impact design to power California’s clean energy economy with cost-competitive and reliable solar power. TAKE THE VIRTUAL TOUR

Featured Video

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canopfor on April 9, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Rare Bird Last Seen 22 23 Years Ago Reappears – Only To Be Quickly Executed By Wind Turbine

Resist We Much on April 9, 2014 at 9:15 PM

I remember that video, it was priceless. Cage match between bird lovers and renewables lovers, I’ll sell the tickets…

Wanderlust on April 9, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Les Nessman, we need your Turkey drop now more than ever.

eforhan on April 9, 2014 at 9:19 PM

A few hundred cubic feet of desert will be hot enough to kill things — is that more of a “killing field” than millions and millions of natural forest or field fires?

But, I am worried about paying for inefficient boondoggles.

mockmook on April 9, 2014 at 9:15 PM

400 acres. That’s like 6 square miles. That would be an error of 4 orders of MAGNITUDE

WryTrvllr on April 9, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Cap-”T”? And we need a message editor now more than ever!

eforhan on April 9, 2014 at 9:21 PM

According to the United States government, even if developed countries reached their emissions reductions, such would be completely negated within 10 years by China. For every one year of Chinese growth, the United States would need to reduce its emissions by 10%.

They don’t didn’t call it ‘global’ warming for nothing. China is never going to sign onto an economic knee-capping agreement. Thus, all of our efforts (for what is either a complete hoax or way beyond anything that humans can do considering the fact that the sun and oceans (water vapour)) would be for naught. If China doesn’t reduce and quit putting a new coal plant online every 10 days, what difference, at this point, does it make what we do?

Resist We Much on April 9, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Well, at least the desert tortoises can eat cooked meat.
hah, ha, hah!

astonerii on April 9, 2014 at 9:26 PM

I wish we had something like that here that killed all the damned sparrows, pidgeons, starlings, grackles and cattle egrets.

TX-eye on April 9, 2014 at 9:27 PM

According to

compliance documents

http://docketpublic.energy.ca.gov/PublicDocuments/07-AFC-05C/TN201443_20131217T074835_ISEGS_November_2013_MCR.pdf

released by developer BrightSource Energy last year, dozens of birds were found injured at the site during the building stage.

canopfor on April 9, 2014 at 9:27 PM

They don’t didn’t call it ‘global’ warming for nothing. China is never going to sign onto an economic knee-capping agreement.

Resist We Much on April 9, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Resist We Much: I remember that China thingy:)
==============================================

Obama Snubbed by Chinese Premier at Climate Meeting (Update3)
December 18, 2009 12:35 EST
****************************

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=a5uY22AnevM4

canopfor on April 9, 2014 at 9:33 PM

So frying birds for solar energy is just dandy. Disturbing Caribou for petroleum isn’t.

Got it…

katy on April 9, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Cats kill from 1.4 billion to as many as 3.7 billion birds in the continental U.S. each year. Just say’in.

Rancher on April 9, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Too bad it’s not located near Phoenix.
Flange on April 9, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Hah-ha. Nice one.

But don’t forget, since this is the work of the right people with the right intentions, though a single fallen sparrow might be a tragedy, thousands are merely a statistic.

Ray Van Dune on April 9, 2014 at 9:42 PM

released by developer BrightSource Energy last year, dozens of birds were found injured at the site during the building stage.

canopfor on April 9, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Here is a link to the tangled web of deceit called BrightSource Energy , involving Hussein, Soros, Pelosi and many many more :
http://wtpotus.wordpress.com/2011/09/28/brightsource-energy-lights-the-way-to-more-obama-scandals/

burrata on April 9, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Ah, brings back memories of my youth, going after ants with a magnifying glass on hot summer days.

OK, maybe a bit of a sadist…

Kraken on April 9, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Ray Van Dune on April 9, 2014 at 9:42 PM

You got to fry a few birds to make an omelette.

Flange on April 9, 2014 at 9:53 PM

canopfor on April 9, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Here is a link to the tangled web of deceit called BrightSource Energy , involving Hussein, Soros, Pelosi and many many more :
http://wtpotus.wordpress.com/2011/09/28/brightsource-energy-lights-the-way-to-more-obama-scandals/

burrata on April 9, 2014 at 9:50 PM

burrata: Thanks, I was wondering if they recieved government, er, tax payers
loot:)

canopfor on April 9, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Cats kill from 1.4 billion to as many as 3.7 billion birds in the continental U.S. each year. Just say’in.

Rancher on April 9, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Two moonbat flashbacks:


WAR ON DOMESTIC CATS!: Progressive Study Says “Policy Intervention” Needed To Protect Mice From Cats (This Is Not Satire)

Man, Who Likes To Dress Up As Dog, Arrested For Having Sex With Cat

And, the mice shall lie down with the cats and men wearing dog outfits laid down together…and then had a debate whether ‘dessert’ should precede the ‘meal.’ lolz

Who’d you rather be?

A. The cat that gets the mouse and then is subjected to an ‘intervention’ from the Master of the Moonbat House…

or

B. The cat, who gets buggered by a man dressed up as a dog?

Resist We Much on April 9, 2014 at 9:57 PM

So frying birds for solar energy is just dandy. Disturbing Caribou for petroleum isn’t.

Got it…

katy on April 9, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Also,
don’t even think about harming a 2 inch bait (called Delta Smelt) to grow food in CA’s Central valley .
Maybe Pelosi and Soros just want to convert farmlands into deserts and then install solar panels on them ?

burrata on April 9, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Cats kill from 1.4 billion to as many as 3.7 billion birds in the continental U.S. each year. Just say’in.

Rancher on April 9, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Yeah, I remember the last time I saw a Sylvester kill a Peregrine Falcon.

Just say’in.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2014 at 10:10 PM

So frying birds for solar energy is just dandy. Disturbing Providing a source of warmth during Winter cold to Caribou for petroleum isn’t.

Got it…

katy on April 9, 2014 at 9:34 PM

There ya go!

slickwillie2001 on April 9, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Apparently, Obama didn’t bow low enough to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. An “intimate” evening planned for Obama and Abdullah was abruptly cancelled after a two-hour meeting between the two leaders. A meeting intended to “mend fences” between the two men.
.
The White House is now denying there was even a dinner scheduled. They’ve scrubbed all references from the White House web site, they’ve demanded the return of printed copies of the schedule and the subservient state media complied. They’ve even deleted a State Department tweet about the dinner.

But there are screen shots.

VorDaj on April 9, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Maybe the separate transport plane for three tons of Moochie’s haram lobshter was just too much for the Saudis?

slickwillie2001 on April 9, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Rare Bird Last Seen 22 23 Years Ago Reappears – Only To Be Quickly Executed By Wind Turbine

Resist We Much on April 9, 2014 at 9:15 PM

I remember that video, it was priceless. Cage match between bird lovers and renewables lovers, I’ll sell the tickets…

Wanderlust on April 9, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Here in central New Hampshire the Wind Loons rammed thru a 24-tower wind farm directly across the valley (1 mile!) from one of the only remaining Peregrine Falcon nesting sites in the state. Each tower is 400 feet tall. They took advantage of lax local laws and O’bama Wind Money.

At the time, none of the Tree Huggers objected to this project-the Appalachian Mountain Club (the eastern version of Sierra Club) did not protest it because they claimed there was no “View Impact”, even though the towers would be directly visible from the Appalachian Trail. But now, the same AMC is opposed to the same foreign company building another wind farm just 10 miles to the south of this one.

Why do they oppose it now? It’s going to be in their own backyard.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Meanwhile Obama and Holder have gone Janet Reno in Waco on some rancher surrounding him with 200 paramilitary officers to protect some stupid turtle.

Murphy9 on April 9, 2014 at 10:23 PM

burrata: Thanks, I was wondering if they recieved government, er, tax payers
loot:)

canopfor on April 9, 2014 at 9:54 PM

BrightSource is Solyndra on crack:P

burrata on April 9, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Here in central New Hampshire the Wind Loons rammed thru a 24-tower wind farm directly across the valley (1 mile!) from one of the only remaining Peregrine Falcon nesting sites in the state. Each tower is 400 feet tall. They took advantage of lax local laws and O’bama Wind Money.

At the time, none of the Tree Huggers objected to this project-the Appalachian Mountain Club (the eastern version of Sierra Club) did not protest it because they claimed there was no “View Impact”, even though the towers would be directly visible from the Appalachian Trail. But now, the same AMC is opposed to the same foreign company building another wind farm just 10 miles to the south of this one.

Why do they oppose it now? It’s going to be in their own backyard.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Sounds like the Cape Cod project that the fat slob Teddie Kennedy blocked for years because it would be visible from the family compound.

slickwillie2001 on April 9, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Rare Bird Last Seen 22 23 Years Ago Reappears – Only To Be Quickly Executed By Wind Turbine

Resist We Much on April 9, 2014 at 9:15 PM

I want to laugh, but it’s too cruel.

As God is my witness…I thought turkeys could fly.

Jaibones on April 9, 2014 at 11:17 PM

How would Tyler Durden handle this here solar death zone?

Sherman1864 on April 9, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Ivanpah cost $22 billion.

HICON on April 9, 2014 at 11:50 PM

Wait until a California Condor gets solar fried andtumbles from the sky.

joecollins on April 10, 2014 at 12:08 AM

I think Erika Johnsen nailed this; there is a big difference between chewing up the wildlife as an unfortunate side-effect of rationally meeting one’s energy needs, and chopping it up or incinerating it over cronyism and bogus anti-pollution politics.

David Blue on April 10, 2014 at 12:30 AM

It’s like the difference between eating what you kill, and flying around in a helicopter machine-gunning everything you see because “why not?”

It’s not that birds, insects etc. are sacred and have rights superior to the needs of mankind, but that killing should in some sense be reasonable.

And this isn’t reasonable. It’s phony and corrupt.

David Blue on April 10, 2014 at 12:37 AM

Wait until a California Condor gets solar fried andtumbles from the sky.

joecollins on April 10, 2014 at 12:08 AM

Phht. The government will help them cover it up.

slickwillie2001 on April 10, 2014 at 12:51 AM

Apparently, Obama didn’t bow low enough to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. An “intimate” evening planned for Obama and Abdullah was abruptly cancelled after a two-hour meeting between the two leaders. A meeting intended to “mend fences” between the two men.
.
The White House is now denying there was even a dinner scheduled. They’ve scrubbed all references from the White House web site, they’ve demanded the return of printed copies of the schedule and the subservient state media complied. They’ve even deleted a State Department tweet about the dinner.

But there are screen shots.

VorDaj on April 9, 2014 at 9:03 PM

This bears repeating. Also the link, which doesn’t paste in with the text.

Adjoran on April 10, 2014 at 1:19 AM

I want to laugh, but it’s too cruel.

As God is my witness…I thought turkeys could fly.

Jaibones on April 9, 2014 at 11:17 PM

I actually did laugh (and felt bad the next second)…I’m not anti-bird or anything but I think the phrase ‘executed by wind turbine’ prompted it…

jimver on April 10, 2014 at 1:24 AM

Having done some design & development work in the solar concentrator world let me say the following. These concentrator plants are scalable to a certain extent. They will work and more efficient (given the spread spectrum collection technology) mated with a therma cycle system than a simple planar photovoltaic system.
The problem is that they are not cost effective. You can design, install, integrate and operate them and make a small profit (assuming cheap Chinese parts) up to the point that you have to MAINTAIN THEM.
Those recurring costs will eat you alive.
But King Putt and his fellow Nobel Prize weiners are above those issues.
They just took our money given to them by Pelosi & Reid and ran.
I’ll ask this, where did the $800 billion Summer Recovery Stimulus money go?
That my fellow tax payers and voters is an issue that must be answered. And I wish the Stupid Party would start asking questions along these lines. The trail will be too cold to follow and when 2016 rolls around the few Gimmedats that are in the running will call this EIGHT THOUSAND MILLION boondoggle The King Putt Miracle. Just wait … and the ever more stupid Presstitues will agree that it is a ‘move along nothing to see here’ non issue.

Missilengr on April 10, 2014 at 1:26 AM

Actually, this thing is merely a trial run for the real project. The gay fascists are working on putting a bigger version of this death ray up in orbit so that they can point it at heretics like that Mozilla CEO and make some human “streamer events” whenever convenient.

trapeze on April 10, 2014 at 1:36 AM

Sounds like they built the world’s largest (and most expensive) bugzapper.

schmuck281 on April 10, 2014 at 1:52 AM

Why do they oppose it now? It’s going to be in their own backyard.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2014 at 10:18 PM

I recall you mentioning this in a thread some time ago. Admittedly I once thought wind power was a good idea – that is, until the company I worked for some years ago asked me to review a proposed wind farm PPA. I received quite an education on wind power (and by extension, any renewables that don’t have a “fuel tank”) through that evaluation process and, fortunately, found a way to kill the project in a way that left everyone smiling and believing it might actually be built someday. Six years later, the project is still nothing more than a proposal, thankfully.

Wanderlust on April 10, 2014 at 2:21 AM

Missilengr on April 10, 2014 at 1:26 AM

What’s even worse to me about the stupid $timulus is, if the money absolutely *had* to be spent (which I absolutely do not believe, but for the sake of argument) – the one place to have spent it would have been on ramping up military readiness. For example, purchasing more F-22s, bringing forward development of F-35, funding more boots on the ground, bringing forward development of MTHEL, service life extension programs for Navy ships, etc., etc., etc. Instead they hosed it out of existence on green crap and other blatant political payoffs.

I read recently in wiki that the Project Mercury program cost $1.73 billion in current dollars. I’d bet that NASA has become so bloated now, though, they likely couldn’t get past issuing a few glossy prints of the proposed Space Launch System for that little bit of cash.

We are soooooooooooo phuqued…sigh.

Wanderlust on April 10, 2014 at 2:28 AM

400 acres. That’s like 6 square miles. That would be an error of 4 orders of MAGNITUDE
WryTrvllr on April 9, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Actually, one (1) square mile equals 640 acres – so you missed it by just this () much.

Another Drew on April 10, 2014 at 2:33 AM

400 acres. That’s like 6 square miles. That would be an error of 4 orders of MAGNITUDE

WryTrvllr on April 9, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Yes, but the area that gets deadly hot is only where the suns rays are focused (a very, very small fraction of the total area).

mockmook on April 10, 2014 at 2:44 AM

Who wants to bet a ground temperature station is going to be placed right next to this monstrosity and then we’ll hear ad nauseam about how global warming is increasing in the region?

ptcamn on April 10, 2014 at 4:30 AM

ptcamn on April 10, 2014 at 4:30 AM

You are correct, sir!

Exactly!

Nicely done!

Sherman1864 on April 10, 2014 at 5:40 AM

Wonder who gets to clean up all the fried birds that fell on the mirrors?
Maybe it attracts lots of carnivores that like Solar Fried Eagle.

albill on April 10, 2014 at 6:11 AM

Rancher on April 9,2014 at 9:41 PM

That birds&cats is a balance of nature thing.Solar frying pans and wind generated CuisineArts,not so much.

SweetSensationalist on April 10, 2014 at 6:47 AM

Can we at least put a wind power plant up around the place so that the birds come out chopped and roasted?

ajacksonian on April 10, 2014 at 6:54 AM

Hey, quit complaining! This vast monolith provides electricity for two entire houses!

/sarc

zoyclem on April 10, 2014 at 7:26 AM

I like the idea of this solar tower but the implementation needs work. There must be a place where one of these towers would be a benefit more than a nuisance. I know, downtown Detroit! They need a little enlightenment. Or the Bush compound in Kennybuck-whatever.

gasmeterguy on April 10, 2014 at 7:41 AM

The “save the Planet” crowd -

comes in “original”, and now in “extra crispy”.

dissent555 on April 10, 2014 at 8:58 AM

It’s amusing to see two progressive factions attack each other.

Let’s build the world’s largest solar farm and power a major city… NO! Birds and insects will die!

Well, I guess we need to go back to fossil fuels… NO! Air pollution! Water pollution!

Fine, we’ll ban all cars and force everyone to go back to the horse and buggy… NO! Animal abuse!

There’s no pleasing these people sometimes…

TMOverbeck on April 10, 2014 at 9:21 AM

We need pictures of the streamers on the front pages just like the ones of polar bears on floating ice. Then we can pay some protesters to show up in front of the epa in DC. If it works for the agw and tree huggers why not us.

Kissmygrits on April 10, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Ivanpah cost $22 billion.

HICON on April 9, 2014 at 11:50 PM

By Binging or Googling your sentence, I found that the Wall St Journal lists BrightSource Ivanpah at 2(point)2 billion. That’s bad enough, but don’t gimme a heart attack like that agin!

DublOh7 on April 10, 2014 at 9:32 AM

No sweat. All the birds are Republican. The insects are Dems – eating their own? Hmmm…

vnvet on April 10, 2014 at 9:37 AM

So frying birds for solar energy is just dandy. Disturbing Caribou for petroleum isn’t.

Got it…

katy on April 9, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Actually it’s more than that. I remember reading that investigations into the enlarged herd size of caribou over the last few decades have concluded that the males get a little frisky in the warm areas around the pipeline. The pipeline is above ground because they couldn’t dig out the permafrost, and the oil has to be heated to keep it moving. Environmentalists are outraged at the larger herds or something….

dominigan on April 10, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Frying birds is not the only problem this Pelosi-Reid-Obama-Soros boondoggle is causing.

Google aircraft and Ivanpah.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on April 10, 2014 at 10:08 AM

We do not need solar farms, that continue to tie us to utility companies. Home owners should put solar panels on their houses, instead.

kjatexas on April 10, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Heh, “streamers”.

SailorMark on April 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Rotisserie chicken bald eagle.

Ward Cleaver on April 10, 2014 at 12:17 PM