Posts Tagged: Department of the Interior

Raptor deaths dirty California’s cleanest energy source

Federal wildlife conservation officials have launched an inquest into the deaths of protected birds at a California wind farm, Louis Sahagun of the Los Angeles Times reports, highlighting a potentially crippling drawback of one of the world’s cleanest power sources.

A total of seven golden eagles are believed to have been killed over the course of two years after colliding with one of 90 windmills at the Pine Tree windmill site. The windmills, operated by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in the Tehachapi Mountains went on-line in 2009 and are spread out among 8,000 acres, generating 120 megawatts of electricity. (more…)

Can’t Cross This One Off the List

Though it may lack the symbolic heft of nailing a replica of the Ten Commandments to a courthouse wall or the ubiquity of the words “under God” in the post-1954 Pledge of Allegiance, a solitary cross on a desolate hillock deep in the Mojave Desert – a cross that must be maintained by the Department of the Interior – remains a vexing focus for lingering culture wars. (more…)