Cleaning up liberal’s mess

We the people continually face the cost and aggravation of correcting the real problems created by liberals, socialists, progressives, Marxists—call them what you will—as they persist in inventing social problems. They meddle in our lives and take our property with fantasies of solving perceptions of injustices and manmade environmental disasters; no matter that these visions never materialize, or don’t rise to a level that justifies the cost.

Dan Way, associate editor of the Carolina Journal reported on such a scheme in the August 2015 print edition. (Link below) For the past several years news reports have hyped so-called alternative energy sources to replace gas, oil and coal natural resources.

The social cause for this is to reduce—and eventually eliminate; sooner rather than later—carbon dioxide from the air. Increased C02 concentrations in the atmosphere are assumed by some scientists using mathematical models to cause the earth’s air temperature to increase, thus creating all sorts of assumed disasters—rising sea levels, the extinction of some wild animals, more hurricanes and wildfires, and a shortage of coffee beans.

The zealotry for this theory has reached such intensity that virtually every environmental and social condition on the planet is reported as caused by “global warming” or, because no warming has occurred in the past fifteen years, the faithful followers of this religion now use the term “climate change.” We skeptics, including thousands of climate scientists, are called “deniers.”

“Before the cock crows you will deny me.” (Matt. 26:34)

Anyway, back here on earth in North Carolina, State officials has discovered that they have no guidelines (government without guidelines is like a day without sunshine) for safely shutting down worn-out solar projects. As Mr. Way reports, solar panels degrade to half their original power in 10 years, and are useless after 15 years. Who knew they must be “decommissioned”?

Without heavy government subsidies (with our tax money) and mandated use (increasing our energy costs), the solar scheme cannot sustain itself. And there will be future costs unknown and undisclosed to the public.

This “green” energy comes with glass, steel, industrial lubricants, and even “toxic elements.” Oh, no, not those! And this highly touted sun-catcher solution to prevent the horrors of us changing the climate is more costly and untested than are more efficient and highly regulated fossil fuels.

A North Carolina State representative is “alarmed” at the lack of controlling oversight on getting rid of the debris after panels fail to function. Landowners and the general public may get stuck with bills for disposal and reclamation costs.

I’m sure an initial cost will come from government studies. Stephanie Hawco, spokeswoman for the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said that shutting down the solar sites “warrants further study”—always costly preludes to bureaucratic action.

And wait until the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gets involved and makes federal cases out of these sites (e.g. drops the panels in a river).

But be of good cheer. Mr. Way reports that world government has answers to this problem. If the feds and our State government officials can’t figure it out, the European Union issues directives and regulates “end-of-life” management for solar panels.

Then, there’s always the government recycling scam: salvaging glass panels will help us save that precious, and presumably scarce, commodity—sand.


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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