Theodore's World: Environmental Jerks Guilty of Killing Birds (one bird every two minutes)

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August 19, 2014

Environmental Jerks Guilty of Killing Birds (one bird every two minutes)

Environmental Jerks Guilty of Killing Birds (one bird every two minutes)

Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California - Killing one bird every 2 minutes.

Thousands of birds are flying into a new solar "mega-trap" in the middle of California's Mojave Desert, killing the avian lot at a rate of up to one bird every two minutes, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

The state-of-the-art Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS), which opened in February, is the world's largest solar plant to utilize "power towers," skyscraping structures that receive beams of focused solar rays to generate electricity.

At Ivanpah, the sun's ray's are redirected from a sea of more than 300,000 mirrors on the desert surface below to hit water filled boilers atop three 459-foot "power towers." Temperatures near the towers can climb to 800 degrees, which causes the water to produce steam that turns turbines which generate energy.

All told, the facility at Ivanpah generates enough electricity to power 140,000 homes and eliminates carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to 72,000 vehicles a year, according to a press release from Bright Source Energy, one of the trio of investors behind the solar plant.

That sort of renewable energy source might seem like a triumph for the environment, but the same super-heated skyscrapers that generate renewable electricity are also taking a toll on wildlife in the area.

According to the Associated Press, up to 28,000 birds per year might be meeting an early death after burning up in the focused beams of sunlight, with birds dying at a rate of one bird every two minutes. The burned-up birds are being dubbed "streamers," after the poof of smoke produced by the igniting birds.

Wild Thing's comment.............

IMO someone should go and shoot up the panels and use them for target practice. Extreme reaction yes, but it is my first thought about this.

Posted by Wild Thing at August 19, 2014 12:55 AM


These left-WINGED lunebats get aroused when bald eagles become cole slaw!

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at August 19, 2014 08:42 AM

The overgrown hippies f**k up again. America has enough natural gas, and enough oil, and enough coal to generate all the energy we need for milleniums.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at August 19, 2014 04:34 PM