Green on Green – Friendly Fire

There is nothing better than watching supposed allies tear each other apart publicly. Witness the green on green bitch fight happening in the US over one of Google’s solar plants. This is a case of the Green Taliban taking on the Green Illuminati:

Aerial view north of Ivanpah Solar showing all three solar fields with heliostat installation complete in Solar Field One in the foreground, 27 October 2012

Aerial view north of Ivanpah Solar showing all three solar fields with heliostat installation complete in Solar Field One in the foreground, 27 October 2012

One big problem with renewable energy projects is that they have to go somewhere. They have to occupy a part of the very environment that their proponents are often trying to save.

Photographer Jamey Stillings beautifully captures this tension in his images of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS). Located in Southern California’s Mojave Desert, the plant aims to eventually be the largest solar thermal power plant in the world – making enough electricity to run 140,000 homes all by focusing the sun’s energy to create steam.

Problem is, the system is located smack in the middle of the threatened desert tortoise habitat and the companies that built the system have already had to allocate $56 million to care for and relocate these ground dwellers. At least one major environmental group has argued the plant should have never been built on its current location.

If it isn’t tortoises it is bloody snails. Guess how many tortoises have been saved for $56 million?

To date Hunter says 144 tortoises (77 adults, 67 juveniles) have been found on site and all 77 adults have been relocated.

“Caring for the tortoise is something we take very seriously,” she says.

FFS!


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