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The Ivanpah Solar Facility's Pollution Problem

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Even before it came online last year, the massive Ivanpah solar facility in Southern California's Mojave Desert was touted by its supporters -- from then-Gov. Schwarzenegger to President Obama -- as the gold standard for clean energy projects. But in a recent editorial, the Riverside Press Enterprise calls Ivanpah a "clean energy bait and switch" -- one that's taken thousands of acres of public land and over $1 billion in federal loan guarantees. But it may not be nearly as environmentally friendly as promised.


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