The Downside of Solar

Letter to the Editor


The Downside of Solar
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TO THE EDITOR:

For quite some time Arkansas Business has not only been a constant reporter on solar power in Arkansas, but it seems to be a cheerleader for this type of power.

Lance Turner describes the proposed construction of a large new solar field in eastern Arkansas in mostly positive terms (June 13 Editor’s Note). There is definitely a negative aspect to this proposed project. Doesn’t eliminating 1,900 acres of good farmland bother most of us when an international food shortage is a distinct possibility?

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If solar power is such a good deal, why are we granting huge subsidies to the tiny percentage of power generation for the nation’s needs? As taxpayers we are paying for an industry that can’t be competitive, and at the same time this industry is contributing to astronomical gas prices.

As noted by Stephen Moore in a recent publication of The Washington Examiner, solar requires hundreds of thousands of acres of land. As an example to stress the minute generation of solar, it would take a land mass of nearly the entire state of Connecticut to keep the borough of Manhattan (only part of New York City) lit up at night.

In addition, solar panels will need to be replaced and they are not exactly biodegradable. A recent study by Foreign Policy magazine, hardly a right-wing publication, [says] moving toward 100% solar wind and electric battery energy would be just as destructive to the environment as fossil fuels, would require massive amounts of energy and would be tremendously expensive. Bloomberg News reports that getting to zero carbon by 2050 would demand a landmass of 5 times the size of South Dakota.

Some Eastern cities and towns are bringing litigation against the liberals who are threatening to change and destroy America’s wilderness and landscape — look out environmentalists!

Perhaps the most convincing caution point on renewables is The Wall Street Journal warning that renewable energy sources are making the grid increasingly unreliable in extreme heat and extreme cold.

Shouldn’t Arkansas Business be reporting some of these warnings and the downside of the solar and wind movement?

— Jerry Jackson, Heber Springs