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Emerging Solar Plants Scorch
Birds in Mid-Air

Associated Press, by Ellen Knickmeyer and John Locher

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Posted By:ruready?, 8/18/2014 9:32:45 AM

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

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Reply 1 - Posted by: mws50, 8/18/2014 9:40:13 AM     (No. 9970210)

Windmills chop the birds up and solar arrays cook the birds. But look at all the very expensive "free" energy we humans get...

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 8/18/2014 9:43:48 AM     (No. 9970216)

God knows when even a sparrow falls to the earth.

This contraption is killing a bird every two minutes. That´s an outrage. These freebies are the biggest idiots anywhere.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 8/18/2014 9:48:41 AM     (No. 9970224)

Greenies, not freebies. Cursed spellbot.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: TulsaTowner, 8/18/2014 9:55:38 AM     (No. 9970231)

Nothing new here. This is truly a disgrace, however. This is what happens when the government becomes all powerful and irrational. Somebody, of course, is sucking huge amounts of money out of the taxpayer to accomplish this travesty.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: FunOne, 8/18/2014 10:00:45 AM     (No. 9970242)

Send the dead birds to the coal miners that Obama has put out of work. They need something to eat.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: QRP, 8/18/2014 10:10:55 AM     (No. 9970254)

You probably don´t want to order the fried "chicken" in the cafeteria.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: harleynyc, 8/18/2014 10:14:30 AM     (No. 9970257)

America. Where else can you get pelted with roasted ducks from the sky ?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 8/18/2014 10:24:45 AM     (No. 9970275)

The little tweeties are dying for a good cause.

They´re saving the planet by succumbing to their own version of Global Roasting.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 8/18/2014 10:27:29 AM     (No. 9970281)

It´s one way to curb the Avian Flu - albeit extreme.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: tank, 8/18/2014 10:33:57 AM     (No. 9970296)

No video? How disappointing!

I´ll just have to go back and watch that old Randy Johnson clip for some satisfaction.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: seamusm, 8/18/2014 10:49:14 AM     (No. 9970323)

TANSTAAFL. The law libs never understand. Be interesting to see how this clash of two liberal agendas (renewable energy and wildlife protection) will end.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 8/18/2014 10:56:08 AM     (No. 9970333)

How many times around Thanksgiving have we heard from these nutjobs that killing and eating the poor turkeys is so horrible? Where are these same nutjobs protesting about birds getting fried and not even being used as food?

Libs are always so selective in their outrages.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: ruready?, 8/18/2014 11:13:45 AM     (No. 9970358)

With all that feather smoke, where is the EPA when you need them?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 8/18/2014 11:38:01 AM     (No. 9970388)

Drove past this taxpayer-subsidized monstrosity again the other weekend. It was cloudy that day - no electricity production but a good day for the birds.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 8/18/2014 12:23:15 PM     (No. 9970516)

Extraordinary article, especially the stats on "streamers." Being a bird lover, that term infuriates me. Let´s look at the numbers presented - and calculated.

Bird deaths, from article:
- 1 every 2 minutes - Observed
- 1,000/year - Estimated by company running the plant
= 28,000/year - Estimated by the Center For Biologial Diversity, a George Soros fumded subversive organization (remember them from the Cliven Bundy ranch?)

Bird deaths calculated;
- 1 every 2 minutes = 360/day (12 hour days)
- 1,000/yr estimate = 3/day
- 28,000/yr estimate = 77/day

The Ass. Press should have been ashamed to print this piece....

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Reply 16 - Posted by: EmilioCavaradosi, 8/18/2014 2:05:13 PM     (No. 9970673)

In the middle ages, the Minnesinger Hans Sachs predicted that in paradise the birds would fly already roasted! (Schon gebratten fliehen die Vögel) Seems we have arrived at paradise on earth.

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