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Solar energy vs wildlife
Sarah McBride reports on brewing battles between environmentalists in her special report: “With solar power, it’s Green vs. Green.”
It turns out the perfect place to build a big solar plant is often also the perfect place for a tortoise or a fox to live. This means developers of large-scale solar plants are running into legal challenges from people who one would expect to be natural allies of alternative energy providers.
Here’s a map of some of the more contentious projects.
One local resident of the Panoche Valley, Sallie Calhoun, had this to say:
“I am passionate about preserving open space,” she says, adding she believes the solar plant achieves that goal. “The idea that we’re going to protect every lizard, every drainage, seems counterproductive.”
It’s a tough dilemma for environmentalists. Tell us what you think?
To read the special report in multimedia PDF format, click here.