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The photo with Secretary Jewell shows a solar farm on desert land that has been bulldozed and compacted as clean of life as a WalMart car park. This is wrong and quite unnecessary. The heliostat field of SolaReserve’s CSP plant at Tonopah in Nevada has left much of the fragile desert vegetation undisturbed, which will allow animal and bird life to remain, even profiting from the new shade. Rural solar farms in England routinely shelter flocks of sheep, even goats and ducks, or grassland with wildflowers for bees. On arable land, double cropping with shade-tolerant vegetables is feasible. Solar developers must learn to respect the land, or face a growing political backlash.