Last week we posted about some of the unintended consequences of "going green", and now this week we learn the plot thickens and solar panels might not be as "green" as they're made out to be.
As this AP article points out;
"Homeowners on the hunt for sparkling solar panels are lured by ads filled with images of pristine landscapes and bright sunshine, and words about the technology's benefits for the environment - and the wallet."
"What customers may not know is that there's a dirtier side."
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They tell us:
"Sure, they produce free, clean energy, but few people ever stop to think about the production of the panels themselves. How bad is it? While it’s safe to say that solar energy is certainly not as dangerous as emissions and waste produced by, say, automobiles, or the pollutants produced by coal-fired power plants, the production of solar panels has a dark side as well."
As noted previously, being "greener" might be desirable, but at what cost and efficiency loss. Instead of the "green" movement attempting to brow beat the petroleum industry into submission why not develop their products without taxpayer subsidies so that consumers want and can afford them. Sure it may take a while to develop, but that sure beats the double standards they appear to have as revealed in recent months.
The green movement criticising the oil industry while they have their own toxic mess plus huge taxpayer subsidies to boot.
Finally, watch the CBS news video below about the waste at the defunct Solyndra plant. It's an eye opener.