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(from Basin&RangeWatch) ‘Spring Valley Wind Project from Pattern Energy as seen from near Wheeler Peak at Great Basin National Park’

View forever ruined from the Wheeler Peak Trail in Great Basin National Park. The industrial sprawl of the Spring Valley Wind Project from Pattern Energy as seen from the view from Great Basin National Park. The view to the west has been destroyed from multiple locations and elevations in Great Basin National Park. (photo by Dennis Ghiglieri)

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  1. Josie said

    The view is not ruined, just different. Think of what the view represents: homegrown, clean, renewable energy. I’m proud of White Pine County and Nevada for making this project a reality. I think it’s beautiful. If it were a polluting coal plant, a strip mine, or nuclear facility, then I’d feel different, but this change is good. It’s progress – a major step forward to a more sustainable future.

  2. stiles said

    Josie…check out this link:

    http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2012/04/23/faux-green-wind-power-project-well-on-its-way-below-great-basin-national-park/
    AN EXCERPT: While wind turbines do kill birds, they are especially hard on the vital insect-eating bats. The bats do not get chopped up in the turbine blades. Instead the bats explode after they pass the turbine blades and move into the low pressure area behind them. It turns out the Spring Valley turbines lie right below the Rose Guano bat cave (see photo) which briefly harbors as many as 3-million migrating bats in the fall.

  3. stiles said

    here’s another:
    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/01/04/9952873-feds-propose-allowing-wind-farm-developer-to-kill-golden-eagles?lite
    AN EXCERPT: The federal government is proposing to grant a first-of-its-kind permit that would allow the developer of a central Oregon wind-power project to legally kill golden eagles, a regulatory move being closely watched by conservationists.

    The Interior Department’s Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday released a draft environmental assessment that would allow West Butte Wind Power LLC to kill as many as three protected golden eagles over five years if the company fulfills its conservation commitments.

  4. Mike said

    I agree with Josie – wind turbines are a majestic symbol of our nation’s energy independence. And the Spring Valley wind farm implemented an advanced radar system to protect birds and bats. In fact, wind farms can save birds, which is why the Audubon Society supports wind energy. The #1 detriment to birds is global warming and the drying up of wetlands (where migrating birds feed), which is exacerbated by burning CO2. So if you want to protect birds and keep your PC running — so you can continue to rant on the internet — I’d suggest getting on board with renewable energy.

  5. stiles said

    Sure..so if Vegas needs the power, build these things in Vegas. NOT next to National Parks.

  6. That’s depressing. I visited Great Basin Park a dozen years ago and should consider myself lucky. Of course, they also stick them on ridges so views from valleys are desecrated. They loom like robots wherever you put them. I am tired of mealy-mouthed “environmentalists” who call them “beautiful” and ignore what’s been lost. The former vastness and appealing loneliness of Nevada, once broken only by low-level structures and farms, is fading into history. They’re also trying to cover that state with solar arrays. Energy sprawl is out of control.

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    (from Basin&RangeWatch) ‘Spring Valley Wind Project from Pattern Energy as seen from near Wheeler Peak at Great Basin National Park’ – The Zephyr

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    (from Basin&RangeWatch) ‘Spring Valley Wind Project from Pattern Energy as seen from near Wheeler Peak at Great Basin National Park’ – The Zephyr

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    (from Basin&RangeWatch) ‘Spring Valley Wind Project from Pattern Energy as seen from near Wheeler Peak at Great Basin National Park’ – The Zephyr

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