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  •  I can't believe that the impact would be anything (4+ / 0-)
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    RunawayRose, NoMoreLies, dewley notid, BYw

    more than what the impact is up in the Alaskan tundra, that is, minus the pipeline spills, the destruction of permafrost, the introduction of toxic chemicals into a pristine environment, and of course the digging and drilling.

    Propylene Glycol, one of the two heat transfer fluids used in solar thermal energy production is non-toxic. It's actually food based. So if that spills, it's like dumping diluted cooking grease. Just mandate that ethylene glycol (anti-freeze, the toxic type) is not to be used in protected areas.

    Maybe it's the roads that would be criss-crossing the desert? I don't hear anybody complaining about all of the ATVs?

    Perhaps it's the lizards? Cold blooded animals need the sun to heat their blood. OK. But we're not going to completely cover the desert with a blanket of solar panels, are we? Besides, both PV and solar thermal collectors need to be elevated from the ground. They need to allow for wind flow, so that they are not ripped away by a slight breeze, and they need the open space so that they don't overheat.

    The only major impact that I can foresee is birds may catch a burn if they fly thru the beam of a solar concentrator tower. Solution, clay owls, or perhaps an RC falcon patrolling the skies around such installations.

    I think Sen. Feinstein needs to clarify her opposition to this so we can inform her how to mitigate her concerns.

    Faith alone will not save you... Blind faith least of all.

    by The Blue State Bandit on Wed Mar 25, 2009 at 01:26:47 PM PDT

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    •  Edit "It's actually food based. " (2+ / 0-)
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      Sorry, it's food grade.

      Faith alone will not save you... Blind faith least of all.

      by The Blue State Bandit on Wed Mar 25, 2009 at 01:51:37 PM PDT

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    •  Right (0+ / 0-)

      in some of these areas there's sunlight what? 363 days of the year?

      solar arrays don't have to be monolithic to do what they need to do. with the amount of open space, disperse the panels around in some sort of random pattern so animals/plant life adjust.

      nothing is going to go "extinct" because of some
      additional shade being there from the panels.. hell, I'm guessing some of the birds and other critters might even like some shade once in a while.

      "Where is the change? What has changed? Clarify this to us." Ali Khamene'i

      by Superpole on Wed Mar 25, 2009 at 02:55:30 PM PDT

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