130 Birds Incinerated in Flight by Solar Plant Test

You have to say this for our ecomoonbat rulers: they certainly know how to flick their Bics — not only when it comes to burning up our money, but also pertaining to birds, 130 of which were recently incinerated in midflight during expensive efforts to avoid using cheap and efficient but politically incorrect fossil fuels.

[It] happened near Tonopah, Nevada last month during tests of the 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project.

According to Rudy Evenson, Deputy Chief of Communications for Nevada Bureau of Land Management (NBLM) in Reno, as reported by Re Wire, a third of the newly constructed plant was put into action on the morning of Jan. 14, redirecting concentrated solar energy to a point 1,200 feet above the ground.

Unfortunately, about two hours into the test, engineers and biologists on site started noticing “streamers” – trails of smoke and steam caused by birds flying directly into the field of solar radiation. What moisture was on them instantly vaporized, and some instantly burst into flames – at least, until they began to frantically flap away. An estimated 130 birds were injured or killed during the test.

Solar plants, which are usually lavishly taxpayer-subsidized, don’t just fry birds that happen to fly by. They draw the birds:

[M]any biologists call the number of deaths “significant” and suspect that the streamers are caused by a chain of attraction – that is, insects are drawn towards the bright plant’s light, which in turn attracts birds looking to feast on crispy bugs.

No worries. Every time the government spends tons of money creating a problem, it finds a way to spend tons more to correct it. Given the way things work in the green energy sector, it’s possible that power companies will be forced to acquire dead bird offsets by giving money to bird sanctuaries that may not actually shelter any birds, but will be owned by Obama campaign cash bundlers.

On tips from Dragon’s Lair and Ben S. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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