According to an anonymous poster, this blog's critical look at where we should place utility-scale renewable energy production is unfair to the energy companies.
What a crock. You cant win for losing trying to build clean energy projects. Maybe they should just put a dirty oil or coal producing energy company there.
Apparently we should ignore the mistakes of previous generations and jump blindly into whatever profit-seeking companies say is best for us. Okay Anonymous, let's bulldoze thousands of acres of our wilderness so you can run your dishwasher and TV on so-called "green" energy.
If utility-scale solar energy production that requires thousands of acres for a couple hundred MW of electricity were required to replace all of our coal production, our towns and cities would be sandwiched between vast fields of sun-reflecting mirrors. Utility-scale solar technology still suffers from inefficiency from an economic scale standpoint, so why should we sacrifice wildlife that has survived centuries for something that has not even proven its worth on this planet? Surely America's ingenuity can at least find places to put solar panels that do not involve killing hundreds of animals already facing extinction. Parking lots, rooftops, agriculutral fields, and highway medians, to name a few.
I don't expect every acre of the Mojave to be preserved as it is today for the rest of eternity. I only ask that we think wisely about our decisions and try to preserve some wilderness for future generations.