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."
Solar is the way of the future. However, a lot of those investments (Solyndra was one of them) are motivated by the Global warming scare. Yes the climate is changing, but guess what; a few thousand years ago, we had about a kilometer of ice over our heads. Yes, we need to reduce our consumption of resources. However, in the current economic system, it is impossible. Since we live in a giant Ponzi scheme, if we stop growing, we collapse economically. And at the present, we can't grow substantially without hydrocarbons. So, all economists pushing for "carbon credits" and such are just reaching for your wallet without giving anything back.
I encourage you guys to just take a peek at the documentary called "The Great Global Warming Swindle" on YouTube. Just take a peek, even if it is to destroy its arguments. It's pretty insightful.