Everyone knows that solar energy is unreliable and expensive. The point that isn’t made often enough (although Steve has written about it here on quite a few occasions) is that solar energy is also bad for the environment. Which raises the question, what, then, is it good for?
Investigative reporter Tom Steward records what happened when residents of rural Buffalo, Minnesota got an up-close view of “green” energy:
The project’s owner, multinational conglomerate Enel Green Power, recently clear cut hundreds of mature hardwood trees to make way for tens of thousands of solar panels later this summer. Angry residents posted dozens of photos of the carnage on the township’s Facebook page, too late to save 11 acres of maple, ash and oak from the chainsaw.
Around Minnesota, townships are moving to block solar panel installations of the sort that has devastated Buffalo. It is not clear, however, whether the state’s laws will allow municipalities to have any say in their own environmental well-being.
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