Grapevine: Battle within the environmental world

Solar project causing bird deaths in Mojave Desert


And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Survey Says...

The old saying goes, if you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem.

Well, a recent Gallup poll says Americans think government is part of the problem.

18 percent of those surveyed cite dissatisfaction with government, Congress, and politicians in general as the top problem in the country.

Immigration ranks second after being number one in July. And the economy rounds out the top three.

Most political analysts now say the politics of frustration is driving the day.

On the Record

Another knock against the self-proclaimed, most transparent administration in history.

Jim Risen -- a New York Times reporter who faces potential jail time for not revealing a confidential source -- is calling out the Obama administration as hypocritical.

Following the arrests of two journalists in Ferguson, Missouri, President Obama said -- quote -- "police should not be bullying or arresting journalists who are just trying to do their jobs."

Well, that did not sit well with Risen -- quote -- "It's hypocritical. A lot of people still think this is some kind of game or signal or spin. They don't want to believe that Obama wants to crack down on the press and whistle-blowers. But he does. He's the greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation."

Green Battle

Finally, a battle within the environmental world.

Federal wildlife investigators want to stop expansion of a state-of-the-art solar project because of bird deaths.

This array of more than 300,000 mirrors in the Mojave Desert reflects sunlight onto three boiler towers.

The reflections are powerful enough, we're told, to cause birds to ignite in-flight.

Wildlife officials want answers before other such plants are built.

Solar advocates are looking into ways to discourage the birds from getting in the path of the rays.