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Solar showdown in Calif. tortoises' desert home

LOS ANGELES – On a strip of California's Mojave Desert, two dozen rare tortoises could stand in the way of a sprawling solar-energy complex in a case that highlights mounting tensions between wilderness conservation and the nation's quest for cleaner power.

The site has virtually unbroken sunshine most of the year, and is near transmission lines that can carry the power to consumers.

Who should win this battle? What environmental impact should we be concerned about?


Asked by Anonymous at 11:41 AM on Jan. 2, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Well, in Al Gore's book, Earth in the Balance which he wrote many years ago, he concluded that the earth would be ok if there were no humans. So, we save the tortuses at the expense of human need, save the 2 in. long fish but let the humans starve. Yeah, they read the book.


    Answer by jesse123456 at 12:36 PM on Jan. 2, 2010

  • They will move the tortoises, because of $$$$$$$ greased hands have to be paid off.

    In California there are also business losing $$ because of small (tiny) fish on the road to their restaurant. Mom and Papa shops are allowed to be closed and farmers are going hungry because of these tiny fish. That is okay.
    Wilderness conservation should not win when people are going hungry.

    Answer by gammie at 12:17 PM on Jan. 2, 2010

  • California is the most screwed up state in America. They are so anti human it is amazing. That is envrionmentalists for you though they don't care about people. My mil is one of them she thinks like many of the liberals out there that people should just accept their fate when they get sick. She has cancer now completely treatable no reason to die but she is dying because it is her time. We have not fought her on it but we have not exactly supported her either. She said after age 35 people should commit suicide so the population would decline. She is nuts but so are many evironmentalists.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:31 PM on Jan. 2, 2010

  • I never understood the "hate humans" ideology.   We are also part of nature too.   The earth will go on, with us or despite us. 


    Answer by Anonymous at 5:09 PM on Jan. 2, 2010