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    Left-wing Solar Project Burns Up Birds

    Overpriced Solar Project Burns Up Birds

    Everyone knows that enviromoonbats kill birds — prominently including our national symbol, the bald eagle — with their hideous, noisy, inefficient, and massively taxpayer-subsidized wind turbines (see here, here, here, and here). But did you know they also kill birds with their comparably inefficient solar boondoggles?

    A giant solar-power project officially opening this week in the California desert is the first of its kind, and may be among the last, in part because of growing evidence that the technology it uses is killing birds.

    The government has flushed massive fortunes down solar boondoggles that could never stand on their own two feet under free market conditions. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station received a $1.6 billion federal loan guarantee. For your money, you will get fewer birds, until it inevitably goes bankrupt.

    The $2.2 billion solar farm, which spans over five square miles of federal land southwest of Las Vegas, includes three towers as tall as 40-story buildings. Nearly 350,000 mirrors, each the size of a garage door, reflect sunlight onto boilers atop the towers, creating steam that drives power generators.

    Extravagantly expensive plants like this are being built not only because of government financial support, but because of lunatic legislation. A state law in California requires that one third of electricity come from “renewable” (i.e., favored by liberals) sources by 2020, no matter how much it costs consumers.

    Utility-scale solar plants have come under fire for their costs–Ivanpah costs about four times as much as a conventional natural gas-fired plant but will produce far less electricity—and also for the amount of land they require.

    That makes for expensive power. Experts have estimated that electricity from giant solar projects will cost at least twice as much as electricity from conventional sources. But neither the utilities that have contracted to buy the power nor state regulators have disclosed what the price will be, only that it will be passed on to electricity customers.

    These customers include not only private homes, but whatever businesses have not yet been driven out of the state by the single-party system of left-wing extremists that has become entrenched in power thanks to massive Third World immigration displacing much of the native population.

    The heat around the towers can reach 1,000°F. The effect on birds is predictable.

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    They actually used the site in the movie "Sahara" a few years ago. This thing is MASSIVE:

    Ivanpah_aerial_shot.jpg

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    Emerging Solar Plants Scorch Birds in Mid-Air
    IVANPAH DRY LAKE, Calif. — Aug 18, 2014, 1:12 PM ET
    By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and JOHN LOCHER Associated Press
    Associated Press

    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. Estimates per year are now 28,000 by an expert for the Center for Biological Diversity environmental group.

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    Ye non-believers, non-conformists, big business sycophants, etc.
    don't you know that solar, wind, geo-thermal, non-fossil fuel technology will make you 'feel good' and OwlGore money.
    There's money to be made.....invest.....vote for the Demo's .......to hell with the future......don't confuse the dumbasses with facts........it's just 'not fair.'

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    Solar panels create 300 times more toxic waste per unit of electricity generated than nuclear power plants, according to a Thursday report from the pro-nuclear group Environmental Progress (EP).

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    Rounded to the nearest whole percent, wind energy provides 0% of the TOTAL energy consumed on planet Earth. I doubt if solar energy is much different. But if you're stupid enough to listen to the "green energy" wacko's, you'd think these niche sources were providing a substantial portion of the planet's energy! And sadly, based on all the cheap fossil fuel energy needed to produce these inefficient solar panels/mirrors/collectors and massive wind towers, they barely (if at all) ever return more energy or "greenness" then they consume in their manufacturing and deployment (and endless promoting..)! Liberal ignorance and delusion knows no bounds.. Wind and solar power (as currently engineered and priced) are useful ONLY as niche sources in places too remote to make it economically feasible to run power lines to, etc.
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