Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Slice and dice, or turn and burn? You can't be completely environmentally friendly

Everything has unintended consequences.

You want to be an environmentally responsible citizen, and you fear the effects of coal, oil, and especially nuclear energy. So you turn to something much more environmentally friendly - such as wind farms.

Or, as James Ulvog describes them, slice and dice operations. You see, birds fly into the turbines, and as a result hundreds of birds are killed per year at a single site at Altamont Pass. (Altamont just can't get any good press, can it?)

Well, what about solar? Solar power won't chop up birds, will it?

Well, solar power can do other things:

A small bird, barely the size of a human hand, had its wings reduced to a web of charred spines. No longer able to keep aloft, the bird was found on the ground after it had flown through the intense heat of a solar thermal project soon to go online in the California desert.

There is no perfect energy solution, so people are forced to make tough choices.
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