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Endangered Tortoises Delay Mojave Desert Solar Plant


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Cal
- 1236 days ago - latimesblogs.latimes.com
The Obama administration has halted the building of two-thirds of a massive solar project in San Bernardino's Mojave Desert as a new federal assessment found that more than 600 endangered desert tortoises would die as a result of construction.



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Alice C. (1797)
Monday May 2, 2011, 1:08 am
It would be preferable to subsidize smaller solar arrays on commercial and residential rooftops and on industrial acreage, than offer government loan guarantees to large complexes on wildlands that require transmission lines to transport the electricity to urban areas. It takes energy to transport energy. It's more efficient to locate solar supplies near or at urban areas.

 

nata m. (63)
Monday May 2, 2011, 2:12 am
thank you for the info
 

Raluca Anghel (84)
Monday May 2, 2011, 3:39 am
thanks!
 

Jill Vickerman (426)
Monday May 2, 2011, 5:51 am
You know what, why did they start building the project in the first place - surely an Enivornmental study was carried out and surely they would have said, Oh, if you do that you will destroy 600 highly endangered torts? I dont get it why they were allowed to start in the first place. I hope that they leave the torts be...find somewhere else to put their solar project, im sure the desert has places where they can kill anything?
Thanks Cal.
 

Dave C. (214)
Monday May 2, 2011, 5:54 am
interesting story and just highlights again the many difficult decisions society will be faced with in the coming years...another good reason to focus on CONSERVATIION...then we may be ablet o build less...
 

Shelly Peterson (213)
Monday May 2, 2011, 6:16 am
True conservation is building in a mutual "Safe Zone"!! It can be done!! (damn it!!)...but not at the expense of our creatures!!!!!PETITIONS, THAT ARE LOGICAL, PLEASE!!!! CONCERNING THIS ISSUE AND ALL OTHERS RELATED!! Thankyou!....P.S. NOW, NOT LATER!!...THIS IS A POLITICAL AND BUSINESS CHESS GAME AND WE ARE THE PLAYERS!!
 

. (0)
Monday May 2, 2011, 6:18 am
Thank you Cal, noted.
 

Terry King (109)
Monday May 2, 2011, 10:01 am
I don't understand why 600 tortoises would die? Also, when compared to hydro fracking and mountain top removal coal mining along with the attendant pollution this project seems pretty benign. There must be a more effective way to protect the tortoises!
 

caterina caligiuri (77)
Monday May 2, 2011, 11:10 am
thanks x the info
 

JILAINA w. (0)
Monday May 2, 2011, 11:14 am
Thanks for the info!
 

may Howie (259)
Monday May 2, 2011, 11:30 am
I agree 100% with Jill Vickerman.....you tell them Jill
 

Lindsey Williams (234)
Monday May 2, 2011, 11:51 am
thank you!
 

Rosie Lopez (73)
Monday May 2, 2011, 12:35 pm
i hope the hault leads to stopping it all together! ty
 

Carol Cowbrough (95)
Monday May 2, 2011, 1:17 pm
Noted. Thank you.
 

Hartson Doak (33)
Monday May 2, 2011, 1:22 pm
If design changes will protect the tortoises and their HABITAT, then I am for it. From the picture the tortoises will enjoy the shade.
 

KrassiAWAY B. (175)
Monday May 2, 2011, 1:23 pm
Agree with Jill.
 

KrassiAWAY B. (175)
Monday May 2, 2011, 1:23 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Jill because you have done so within the last week.
 

Mary T. (186)
Monday May 2, 2011, 2:37 pm
Noted and thanks Cal.
 

Carol H. (229)
Monday May 2, 2011, 2:46 pm
thanks Cal, noted
 

Maris A. (22)
Monday May 2, 2011, 3:12 pm
good
 

SANDRA ROCHA (146)
Monday May 2, 2011, 3:24 pm
Noted. Thank you Cal.
 

Bonnie B. (103)
Monday May 2, 2011, 3:31 pm
I SO agree. I just don't understand why they want to build a huge array and miles of delivery grid in sensitive areas when they could put solar arrays on many homes and buildings that are already hooked into the existing grid! Oh, Wait, yes I do. The utilities want total control of all that nice money. I mean, really, why should local communities benefit from this? It would mean local jobs and lower utility bills, Oh my god! We'd be paying our customers for electric! Can't have that!

I've been spouting this for months, glad someone else is talking about it! Noted! Thanks, Cal.
 

Robert O. (12)
Monday May 2, 2011, 4:18 pm
Thanks Cal.
 

Susan Pernot (75)
Monday May 2, 2011, 5:11 pm
A bit of good news. noted; thanks Cal
 

Eternal Gardener (743)
Monday May 2, 2011, 5:11 pm
Noted, thanks Cal.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday May 2, 2011, 6:23 pm
Noted.
 

Constance F. (433)
Monday May 2, 2011, 6:30 pm
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will use the new estimates to determine whether finishing the project puts the species in jeopardy. If not, the agency is expected to set new limits on how many animals may be killed, injured or harassed. And my reply: Disgusting. And there it is! In black and white. The brutal superior human mentality. Vomit. Ditto, Jill, Alice, Shelly, Bonnie.....
 

Past Member (0)
Monday May 2, 2011, 8:02 pm
noted, tu
 

. (0)
Monday May 2, 2011, 8:42 pm
Symbol of Earth Mother, we will not be silent!
 

janet f. (29)
Monday May 2, 2011, 9:26 pm
Building anything isn't worth putting a species in peril. This project needs to stop and a re-assessment needs to be done to save these tortoises.
 

Angela Weber (27)
Monday May 2, 2011, 10:16 pm
Super news!
 

Caroline Vimla (16)
Monday May 2, 2011, 10:28 pm
I agree with Janet...no building is worth if it is built at the expense of any species. Period. We have done enough of that and have destroyed enough species.
 

Ioana B. (132)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 1:48 am
Thank you Cal,noted
 

Marilyn M. (143)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 2:00 am
Noted. Thank you, Cal. As pointed out in the article:

"Many environmentalists contend it would be preferable to subsidize smaller solar arrays on commercial and residential rooftops, or on industrial acreage, than offer government loan guarantees to large complexes on wildlands that require transmission lines to transport the electricity to urban areas."

The project should be shut down and instead, we should fund solar arrays on the roofs of commercial and residential buildings and industrial complexes.
 

Brenda Towers (0)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 3:21 am
Please delay the project until they are all saved.
 

NICKY MELVILLE (117)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 3:53 am
Thaks Cal for the post. One GOOD positive thing about this is, that it wasn't too long ago that this sort of project would have been allowed to forge ahead whithout ANY consideration at ALL for the wildlife that it might destroy. Surely that shows that in the future, animals might be more likely to have a better deal than they ever have before. it goes to show that large corporations are going to have to change the way they go about things, if there is enough negativity from the conservation groups and activist goups... like US!!
 

Jeanette Steffi G. (189)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 4:05 am
I say stop the project and move it to a location where old buildings are being demolished for new space. This place is their home. If people came into our home and simply built another building on it, without saying anything to us first, what would we feel.

I'm glad they considered the animals this time seeing that most companies and most people don't give a damn at all.
 

Ruth S. (307)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 6:02 am
Put a stop to this project, and save the Animals!!
 

Cindy C. (125)
Tuesday May 3, 2011, 4:07 pm
GOD BLESS THEM AWWWW
 

Dianne D. (463)
Monday May 9, 2011, 11:21 am
It's about time that someone thought of the lives of the wildlife first. Hope they can find a solution that benefits all.
 
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