The Madeleine Brand Show for January 20, 2012

Solar power vs. the fate of the desert tortoise

Desert Tortoise

c/o sandy.redding

We all love the idea of solar energy and there are plans for 26 solar projects in the deserts of California. One is underway, but there's a big problem -- the desert tortoise is in the way.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that over a thousand tortoises could be harmed by the construction. Advocates say the projects will bring much needed clean energy and jobs to the region and that there's a way to protect the tortoises.

Reporter Judy Muller covered the story for SoCal Connected which airs tonight on KCET at 9pm.


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