BrightSource Solar Plant Workers Have A Name For Birds: “Streamers”
Of course, Warmists are more concerned with mythical anthropogenic “climate change” than wildlife
(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.”
This is at the Ivanpah facility, which has 30,000 garage door sized mirrors which direct solar rays towards a central tower, producing steam for energy (an interesting a viable use of solar), and can also blind pilots. The light seems to attract lots of birds.
The commission is now considering the application from Oakland-based BrightSource to build a mirror field and a 75-story power tower that would reach above the sand dunes and creek washes between Joshua Tree National Park and the California-Arizona border.
The proposed plant is on a flight path for birds between the Colorado River and California’s largest lake, the Salton Sea – an area, experts say, is richer in avian life than the Ivanpah plant, with protected golden eagles and peregrine falcons and more than 100 other species of birds recorded there.
This is what Leftists call “clean energy”. Where are all the environmental groups, overtaken by extreme Leftists? Mostly absent.