Lasareath wrote:I think it looks great too. They should cover half the deserts in America!
Wearing my botanist hat, I will point out that many of the deserts in the southwest aren't "deserted" or barren. The plants and animals in the desert around Phoenix and Tucson are particularly beautiful in many places, with tremendous biodiversity. Converting them to urban sprawl has been a controversial issue. Scraping and covering them with solar power stations is also controversial.
That said, I will point out that there are large tracts in the desert that are already disturbed, sometimes profoundly. Converting those places to solar power stations can make a lot of sense. There are many such tracts in the Mojave Desert in California and Nevada. In the Sonoran Desert in Arizona there are places that have been farmed for many years, using limited ground water or water from the Colorado River that is becoming scarce. Converting those areas to solar power stations would have no impact on desert plants and animals because they have already been destroyed as a functioning desert ecosystem.
So, it depends on where
in the desert that you put those large scale solar generating stations. If you think deserts are nothing but sand dunes you are mistaken. Here's a picture of the desert here in western Colorado:
It is fortunate that this remote area is already somewhat protected as a BLM National Conservation Area (NCA). If you really think that such places should be converted to solar power stations, I vehemently disagree.