mattie_p writes that this was originally submitted by cmn32480 via the forums.
"According to Fox News, environmentalists are concerned about the impact of the world's largest solar plant, which is located in the Mojave Desert, on the local bird population. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (a solar thermal plant) covers nearly five square miles, has approximately 350,000 garage door sized computer controlled mirrors, and has temperatures near the boilers reaching 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. Plant owners NRG Energy Inc., Google Inc., and BrightSource Energy say they have found dozens of dead birds in the complex in the last several months, some with burned or scorched feathers. The plant cost $2.2 Billion to construct, and had been held up in regulatory and wildlife relocation fighting for several years. It has officially been open since Thursday, February 13, 2014."
Bird deaths are also an objection people have with wind turbines.
It's that old argument about externalities. We have trouble quantifying the local wildlife damage caused by traditional power generation, so we assume those sources where we can quantify the damage are somehow worse.
A plant that has only been open a year is going to need time to address these problems. Perhaps they should put up warning signs?
This reminds me of an old Daily Show bit where duck hunters were complaining about wind turbines that were killing ducks. http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-august-2-201 1/fowl-wind [thedailyshow.com]
We're never going to have a neutral way to fill our ever increasing power demands. We pollute the air with coal, have disposal issues with nuclear waste, harm our waterways and with hydroelectric dams. If we were to turn off everything that had an impact on flora and fauna, we'd be living in the dark, riding horses, and certainly NOT watching Fox news.
At the end of the day, Fox is serving its constituent viewership rather than just reporting the news. Poor Walter Cronkite is likely dizzy from all the rolling in his grave.
Hayfields for feeding horses displace wildlife.