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Can environmentally concerned citizens prevent "streamers" at solar energy facilities or are dead birds okay?

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  • Dan
    Lv 4
    6 years ago
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    This isn't the answer to solar energy, this is a wild imagination's evil contraption disguised as a power plant. Engineers here watch too many 'James Bond' flicks. Concentrating solar radiation onto a heat trap out in the open like this is pretty much a done deal, but is environmental and safety lunacy. Want to know what happens to a low flying plane in an emergency glide if it violates their air space? Go watch the biggest streamer you ever saw...

    These are obviously geeks gone bad.

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    • Philip H
      Lv 7
      6 years agoReport

      So some homeless desert nomad takes a nap there some night when that expensive short-life bunch of mirrors is creating nothing - then the sun comes up. Ever hear the term:"Charcoalie"?
      Unlikely a private plane would fly that low and cook the pilot, but you never know.

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  • Shilo
    Lv 7
    6 years ago

    No, dead birds are not okay......it's a horrible situation, however, currently, the benefits of solar energy have to be weighed against the alternative forms of polluting energy with its own devastating by-products.

    The one thing that gives me hope from the provided article:

    "While biologists say there is no known feasible way to curb the number of birds killed, the companies behind the projects say they are hoping to find one — studying whether lights, sounds or some other technology would scare them away, said Joseph Desmond, senior vice president at BrightSource Energy."

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  • 6 years ago

    Looks like another attempt by NIMBYs, financed by the petrochemical industry, to forestall any solution which doesn't involve them making a buck.

    It is absurd to fret about such a small number of birds, when the alternative is a collapse of the ocean's ecosystem. When the alternative is strip mining, fracking, and dumping millions of tons of pollutants into the air.

    • Philip H
      Lv 7
      6 years agoReport

      NIMBYs?
      I doubt too many residents in the Mojave desert are complaining.
      Still, your are on the right track. Vested interests Do create a negative distortion of the logic that should be applied.

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  • 6 years ago

    Of course it's not OK. People who have functioning brains realize that problems can be solved by people with functioning brains.

    That a problem arises does NOT mean going back to having even WORSE problems, and refusing to do anything at all about them.

    Mass extinction of entire species or families is WORSE than the regrettable deaths of a few individual birds.

    • Philip H
      Lv 7
      6 years agoReport

      Glad to see you recognize the obvious fact that we need to step away from the excessive use of fossil fuels.
      So, after discounting all your idiotic insulting remarks, do you have a "solution" that works?

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