Climate Foibles


Killing birds for Gaia.


After Frying Thousands Of Birds, World’s Largest Solar Farm Catches Fire

Ivanpah is the world’s largest solar farm located in the Mojave Desert in California. It has been responsible for mass killings of birds since the various mirrors that surround the complex literally fry them out of the sky. Temperatures above the $2.2 billion facility are said to have registered as high as 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. In October of 2015, The Wall Street Journal reported that not only has the site only generated 40 percent of the power it was supposed to generate after 15 months, it’s emitting 46,000 tons of greenhouse gas. Now, the site caught has caught fire (via Associated Press):

A small fire shut down a generating tower Thursday at the world’s largest solar power plant, leaving the sprawling facility on the California-Nevada border operating at only a third of its capacity, authorities said.

Firefighters had to climb some 300 feet up a boiler tower at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California after fire was reported on an upper level around 9:30 a.m., fire officials said.

The plant works by using mirrors to focus sunlight on boilers at the top of three 459-foot towers, creating steam that drive turbines to produce electricity.

But some misaligned mirrors instead focused sunbeams on a different level of Unit 3, causing electrical cables to catch fire, San Bernardino County, California fire Capt. Mike McClintock said.

Dead birds, underperformance of power generation, and now a fire—this is the world of so-called green, renewable energy. It’s inefficient power. Period. It has yet to meet its power output projections, but have no fear, Californians—the site has been given an extension until July 31, 2016 to get their act together.

BirdshredderFailEnvironmentalist will kill anything moving to protect the creatures and their living space from Global Warming.
This includes heating the atmosphere to over 1000°, toasting any living thing flying over the solar plant.

Everything is sustainable but anything near their facilities isn’t.

Jewish Humor

It’s the first night of Passover and Morris and Sadie, together with their two sons, 4 year old Simon and 7 year old Isaac, are holding their annual seder night service.

Soon it was time for ma nishtana to be read by the youngest one present. As soon as Simon asks, “why is this night different from all other nights,” quick as a flash, his older brother Isaac replies, “because mummy cooked.”

Ma Nishtana: (why is it different?) the four questions asked during the Passover seder traditionally by the youngest child at the table who is able.

Ponder this

Every man has his own destiny: the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him.

~ Henry Miller

Biased Agendas

The blame


To the convention



Hope n’ Change

Any Way The Wind Blows

LegacyPatrons at the National Gallery consider the bold new work “Obama’s Legacy.”

We won’t lie to you (although we’ll frequently kid you a little) – there was nothing in the news today that really inspired us enough to deserve our usual huffing-and-puffing cartoon and commentary treatment.  Just more of the same bleak news which is contributing to our graying hair (what little is left of it) and potential cirrhosis.

Oh, there was one story which seemed potentially ripe for comedy. Obama hosted his final White House Science Fair (from which the priceless picture above was taken) and used the opportunity to form a Kids Advisory Science Committee to help him come up with ways to curtail climate change and cure cancer. A funny idea, right? Right…?

Only we couldn’t bring ourselves to joke about it (although we were itching to drag out our old “Ahmed the Clockmaker” material). Because unlike Obama’s legacy, which will bring nothing but grief, these math and science-oriented kids really will be the ones working to invent solutions for the world’s many challenges.  And despite Hope n’ Change’s usually cynical attitude, that’s something we actually believe is worth celebrating.

Plus, it’s refreshing to see the president turning his interest to what goes on in school classrooms rather than school bathrooms. Too bad it’s taken 8 years for him to do so.


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