August 21, 2014

The unpleasantly "sizzling" side of solar energy

By Damien M. Schiff Senior Attorney

Fox News reports that federal wildlife officials, as well as the Center for Biological Diversity, want to put a hold on the much ballyhooed Ivanpah Solar Plant in California’s Mojave Desert, owing to a rash of bird deaths.  Apparently, the reflection from the solar panels is so intense that it incinerates birds that fly over or near the panels.  Precisely because of negative wildlife impacts like these, PLF submitted comments last month objecting to EPA’s failure to assess the effects on endangered species of a proposed coal-fired power plant rule that would lead to increased use of wind and solar energy.

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