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On January 14, during tests of the 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project near Tonopah, Nevada, biologists observed 130 birds entering an area of concentrated solar energy and catching fire.
The test started at 9:00 a.m. on January 14. By 10:30, biologists working on the site began noticing what have become known as “streamers,” trails of smoke and water vapor caused by birds entering the field of concentrated solar energy (a.k.a. “solar flux”) and igniting.
[…] at least one of the birds injured was a common raven, which — in the words of our source — “turned white hot and vaporized completely.” Asked to confirm that report, the BLM’s Evenson said that his office didn’t have a list of the species affected, but added that “that’s what streamers are.” 1
…That’s easier said than done, especially after O’Reilly chose to start threatening reporters. His best move now would be to do the difficult, responsible thing, the thing truly great journalists have been doing for decades: admit he screwed up, apologize and try to move on.
That might damage his brand as the swaggering no-spin guy, and it might even lose him some viewers. But it would begin to restore his reputation in a profession that isn’t perfect and doesn’t expect its practitioners to be — but also doesn’t expect valid questions to be answered with the snarling, empty threats of a coward. 1