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2203, 17 Sep 20

Lust for Green Energy Risks Destruction of Entire Species


Nestled among the slopes of Nevada’s Silver Peak Range are six patches of Tiehm’s buckwheat, a rare flowering plant found nowhere else in the world. Only an estimated 42,000 plants remain on 10 acres. But over the weekend, conservationists discovered that 40% of the total population had been destroyed.

The destruction occurs amid a conflict over the flower’s habitat. For the past year and a half, Donnelly and Naomi Fraga, director of conservation at the California Botanic Garden, have been working to protect Tiehm’s buckwheat from a proposed mine for lithium and boron, elements involved in producing clean energy technology. The operation would encompass the entire range of the plant’s population, risking its extinction in the wild.

“I would not oppose the mine if it was done in a way that didn’t put the whole species at risk, and was environmentally sound,” said Fraga. “What is the cost of green energy if it causes the extinction of whole species?”


2203, 17 September 2020


  1. Mar

    They are building a wind farm just south of the Hoover Dam in Arizona.
    Clean energy,right.
    I know they are bringing the base and propellers up from at least Phoenix.
    To bring them, a distance of about 250 miles, perhaps more.
    To get the pieces up to the farm, they need a very heavy duty semi truck plus 2 pilot cars and in some areas, they need the assistance of our state patrol.
    So, how much energy will these windmills save? How much pollution will it save.
    Before they even begin producing electricity, they are deeply in the hole for pollution and saving energy.

  2. Kevin Scheunemann

    Liberal hypocrites.

  3. Le Roi du Nord

    You have that all wrong k. Ever since trump got in office conservatives, and trump specifically, have tried to weaken the ESA. Were you the least bit curious you could look it up.

  4. jjf

    Another post where Owen just says “Heh.”  I guess it can mean whatever you want it to mean.

  5. Mar

    Another comment where jjf brings nothing.

  6. jjf


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