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What Do You Call Birds Killed By A $1.6 Billion Taxpayer Backed Solar Power Plant

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In yet another example of President Obama’s failed command and control energy policy, a Department of Energy backed solar plant is killing thousands of birds.

Unlike traditional solar power that converts sunlight into electricity through photovoltaic power cells assembled in panels, BrightSource energy uses solar thermal technology to generate power.

Located in the Mojave Desert on the California and Nevada border, BrightSource’s Ivanpah facility uses over 300,000 mirrors to heat water in three 40 stories high boiler towers. The steam produced by the reflected sunlight spins turbines that produce electricity.

Unfortunately, birds looking to feed on insects that are attracted to the facility’s light literally get fried by the intense heat of concentrated sun rays. Think of this like a scaled up version of a magnifying glass used to burn ants.

The Associated Press story, “‘Streamers’: California solar power plant scorches birds in mid-air,” describes the bird killing capacity of BrightSouce’s solar facility:

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 low of about a thousand by BrightSource to 28,000 by an expert for the Center for Biological Diversity environmental group.

The $2.2 billion BrightSouce solar plant is backed by a Department of Energy $1.6 billion loan guarantee.

Using taxpayer money to back a renewable energy project that kills thousands of birds, priceless.

Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a Newsmax TV contributor and radio commentator addressing political issues from a conservative grassroots perspective. As a columnist, he has written for The Washington Times and authored articles for Newsmax Magazine, Newsmax Insider and previously was a co-host with his wife Deneen Borelli on the SiriusXM Patriot channel. Dr. Borelli appeared on numerous television programs, including the highly ranked Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “The Kelly File," and "America’s News Headquarters." He has also appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” and “After the Bell” as well as TheBlaze TV’s "The Glenn Beck Program" and "Dana!" Prior to working for public policy organizations, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF) where he used shareholder activism to challenge corporations that sought to profit from the growth of government. During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia.

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