Adding to the strange juxtaposition of technology is that Chevron Oil, the nation's second largest oil company, is one of the backers of the solar company, BrightSource.
"The 65-acre project consists of 7,600 mirrors focusing sunlight on a 327-foot tower. The demonstration project is designed to use solar power to create steam to inject into wells to improve the flow of heavy oil.
Success in Coalinga, a boom town during the California oil rush more than a century ago, would be a boost for solar thermal technology, as many other projects have been scrapped in favor of photovoltaic systems."
Thanks to California League of Conservation Voters