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What would you like to see the United States do about ISIS?

Air strikes are a start, but let’s put boots on the ground.
Look for less confrontational ways to address the situation, like economic sanctions and a multilateral peacekeeping effort.
They’re a pissed off byproduct of the 2003 Iraq invasion. Maybe it’s time to stop creating more terrorists.
Let’s begin by helping the refugees that fled from their violence.

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The following article was posted on January 8th, 2014, in the New Times - Volume 28, Issue 24 [ Submit a Story ]
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Topaz Solar Farm goes online


The Topaz Solar Farm on the Carrizo Plain harnessed its first wave of electricity and sent it into the grid in
 mid-December. It’s one of two solar plants sitting at the far southeastern corner of San Luis Obispo County.

The plant hit a 300-megawatt milestone, making it the biggest utility-scale photovoltaic solar facility providing energy to an electrical grid in the world, for now, said Steve Krum, director of global corporate communications for First Solar, the company managing the project. Construction is still underway at the site, with completion expected in early 2015, when it will bring a full 550-megawatts online. Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) toured the site and the nearby California Valley Solar Ranch on Jan. 6 and touted them as proof of the potential for renewable energy in the United States.