Thursday, April 16, 2009

Wind and solar projects may cause "unacceptable" risk to wildlife

Juliet Eilperin and Steve Mufson have an important front page story in The Washington Post, April 16, “Renewable Energy's Environmental Paradox: Wind and Solar Projects May Carry Costs for Wildlife” link here.

We had already seen a story like this about a month ago with wind turbines and bats getting exploded by getting drawn toward them.

Wind and solar energy will take up enormous amounts of space, and preventing an impact on wildlife can become a daunting challenge. The story focuses on the SunZia line in New Mexico and Arizona. Similar issues with a proposed new line through the Virginia Piedmont.

A related event seems to be Presidential Signing of the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s remarks are here.

The ability for us to remain “our way of life” will depend on how we manage this issue.

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