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Solar Plants May Make Deserts
Too Hot For Tortoises

KCET (Burbank, CA), by Chris Clarke

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Posted By:Scottyboy, 2/24/2014 6:37:11 PM

We´ve paid plenty of attention here at KCET to the problems caused for desert tortoises when their habitat is replaced with renewable energy facilities. But now one scientist is saying that big solar facilities in the Mojave could seal the desert tortoise´s fate in a way you might not expect. According to Barry Sinervo, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California Santa Cruz, current solar projects in the California desert intended to slow global warming, including two approved just last week by the Interior Department, could actually make the desert too hot for tortoises to survive past the end of

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0bama recently gave the big inefficient whirligig farms an exemption for slaughtering thousands and thousands of Bald Eagles. I wonder if he´ll jump in and throw the turtles under the bus to help his solar buddies as well.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Pros7767, 2/24/2014 6:55:26 PM     (No. 9745016)

But it´s okay to withhold water from CA farmers to save some stupid smelt!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Udanja99, 2/24/2014 7:37:09 PM     (No. 9745049)

Is there ANYTHING that enviro wackos do that doesn´t turn into a disaster??

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Keekng, 2/24/2014 7:51:43 PM     (No. 9745061)

Which is worse, killing Delta Smelt or killing Desert Tortoise?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 2/24/2014 8:01:37 PM     (No. 9745073)

Um, I sincerely doubt this claim, that one can build a "heat island" in what is alread a desert, by putting up panels that shade the ground, and sending 20% of the energy 100 miles away to run air conditioners.

If one paved the entire desert it might leave the poor tortoises nowhere to go, but that is not currently the case. I´d say if you put a few tortoise-houses along the edge of the solar area, maybe plant (and even water!) a few small gardens for them, everyone should be happy.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: KTWO, 2/24/2014 8:25:55 PM     (No. 9745095)

OMG. The whining never ends.

Big desert solar plants already exist. Some have operated for years. Thus ´maybe´ or ´may´ or ´could´ articles guessing about ground and air temperature changes are not needed; the changes are known. They would also have been estimated in the EIS.

And if more data is needed then go measure.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 2/24/2014 8:53:45 PM     (No. 9745130)

Don´t let that get in the way of federal dollars for donors and friends.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: oh-heck, 2/24/2014 9:05:05 PM     (No. 9745139)

I´m with #5, don´t guess, measure. What you don´t capture on the panel as electricity becomes heat. But heat transfer by convection is nowhere near as high as heat transfer by the sunlight hitting the surface of the ground (put your hand about 3 feet away from a frying pan on the range and compare that to standing in the sunshine on a hot summer day).

I think alternative energy is a boondoggle that wouldn´t survive without a subsidy, but at least get the science right.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mitzi, 2/24/2014 9:31:35 PM     (No. 9745166)

Maybe that´s the cause of global warming!!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: 4poster, 2/25/2014 1:36:46 PM     (No. 9746074)

First it´s roasted birds. Now it´s baked tortoise. What will be the next animal the environmentalists kill?

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