With climate change being such a hot button issue at the moment, you would think people would welcome sustainable energy developments in their area. However, a town in North Carolina has rejected a proposal for a solar farm because residents raised concerns that the solar panels would “suck up all the energy from the sun”.
The Strata Solar Company was holding a public meeting to discuss residents’ health and safety concerns about the solar farm which saw one member of the public claim that the panels would affect plants’ ability to photosynthesize.
Worst still, the person making this claim was a retired teacher, which speaks volumes about the North Carolina education system.
On top of her claims that the solar panels would kill the local plants, she went on to claim that they would kill people too. She questioned the high instances of cancer-related deaths in the area and said that no one was able to prove that the solar panels weren’t the cause of the cancer.
A spokesman for the company hoping to build the solar farm said:
“There are no negative impacts. A solar farm is a wonderful use for a property like this.”
“The panels don’t draw additional sunlight.”
In related news, the scientific community remains divided on whether wind farms cause AIDS.