I read this somewhat disturbing report on Downstream Today last week.
IVANPAH 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.
Those that know me, know (and if you don’t but you continue to read this blog you will come to know) I am not a big fan of the green agenda that is skewing our energy system, driving up energy prices, blighting our land and seascapes with pointless windmills and all in the name of the specious theories of global warming . . . sorry Climate Change (we can’t say global warming now, as it’s been more than 17 years since the globed showed signs of warming).
This is yet another example.
The bird kills mark the latest instance in which the quest for clean energy sometimes has inadvertent environmental harm. Solar farms have been criticized for their impacts on desert tortoises, and wind farms have killed birds, including numerous raptors.
The impact of these solar farms and wind farms on the bird population is astonishing. If this were a hydrocarbon-based industry causing such damage the World would be up in arms – but not here.
Sun rays sent up by the field of mirrors are bright enough to dazzle pilots flying in and out of Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
Federal wildlife officials said Ivanpah might act as a “mega-trap” for wildlife, with the bright light of the plant attracting insects, which in turn attract insect-eating birds that fly to their death in the intensely focused light rays.
Clearly, there needs to be some serious re-thinking of renewables such as this.