- Changes to our website.
- Faulty Solar Panels Are Burning Buildings
- Solar Farm Fire Burns 1,127 Acres
- Request for Writers and journalists
- Solar farm proposed for toxic Southeast Side industrial site
- Questions for town/planning board prior to application approval/denial of a commercial solar project.
- New No Solar or Wind Website
- Think Before Placing Solar on Farmland
- Internet and News Hiding Dangerous Solar Fire Information.
- How Solar Farm Developers Keep Neighbors From Complaining
Changes to our website.
We are currently in the process of reformatting certain parts of our website and will be posting Helpful News, Petitions, Regulations, Organizations and Attorney links State by State,
as well as another section containing links to OTHER websites and national or international organizations that are sharing the dangers of solar panels or farms.
Therefore, if ANYONE has information about fights going on in their state, organizations, new regulations, (even if they relate to town zoning boards or state regs) or other helpful websites, please send us a private message on facebook and we will give you an email address where you can send updates that we can place on our website, or you can use the contact form on our website.
We are fighting against the government and major corporations such as Google. We NEED to get united and share as much information as possible, in order to protect our farmland, forests, wildlife and the natural God given beauty of this planet.
Greedy politicians don’t care about us, until it is time for us to vote. During the Obama admin, companies were given permission to KILL Bald Eagles and Golden Eagles, in order to provide GREEN ENERGY.
Last month, it was reported a three-member Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, voted to spend in excess of $1 BILLION, for a new high voltage power line and make 12 other states pay the tab by raising their electric bills.
For those of you that use Google Search engines, maps, YouTube or any other of the 400+ companies owned by Google, you are enabling them to continue investing hundreds of millions of dollars PER YEAR into massive solar power plants all over the world.
So, how do we fight against such massive opponents?
One way is by researching the elected individuals in your town, county and state that have voted for regulation that will permit ANY solar farm to be built around residential neighborhoods, on farmland or in forests. IF you do gather any names, please share them with us, so that we can post that information on our website for the whole world to see. Then we need to unit and vote these people out of office.
We HAVE to expose the people that are allowing these farms to be built. One person can not stop this “takeover of farmland or forestland” but united, we can make a difference.
IF we can unite people into voting against EVERY greedy politician that votes for any regulation that enables solar manufactures, installers, or developers to get governments subsidies, we can then try to replace them with elected officials that CARE about the citizens, home values, farmland and forests.
Another way we can stop these solar farms is by working together to share information. Why should millions of people around the world, spend their own time researching the same information?
Our goal at Stop Solar Farms, is to become a clearing house for an entire world, where people are waking up to suddenly discover some company from another part of the world, is installing thousands or millions of solar panels right outside your living room window?
But in order for us to become that clearing house of information, we need volunteers from across the globe to gather local information such as PHOTOGRAPHS of solar panels of farms that have caught on fire, or muddy waterways due to erosion caused by solar panels on hillsides, or solar panels flying through the air due to high winds from a tornado or hurricane, or sadly, even reports of deaths caused by solar panel fires or storm damage.
Folks, we are in the middle of a war for our land. If we don’t fight together TODAY, we may not have a chance next month. Most towns will hide their zoning regulations until (they think) it is too late.
So, we also need an army of volunteers willing to contact local attorneys willing to file lawsuits against zoning boards, solar developers and possibly even state and federal politicians if we can PROVE they are taking money in return for votes.
I will mention one final way to fight. Since attorneys do not come cheap, we need volunteers experienced and willing to start GoFundMe type accounts to help communities and/or individuals fight back.
These accounts may be used to pay for attorneys OR possibly even to help buy the land where some farmer plans on leasing or selling it for the purpose of a solar farm. However, please be advised, any GoFundMe type account we promote, should be set up so the monies go to an Attorney or a non-profit org.
Faulty Solar Panels Are Burning Buildings
The following information should be a warning to ALL individuals considering living next door to a home with solar panels on their roof, installing solar panels on their own home or allowing any solar farms to be built close to a residential area.
As one homeowner said after a solar panel on his house started a fire, “I caution you on using Tesla or any solar company for that matter as while it can certainly save you money it may potentially cost you much much more. To us our family is way more valuable than any amount of money we would ever save.”
Here at Stop Solar Farms, we have shared multiple articles in the past, with documentation on how , solar panel components have CAUSED fires, as well as addressing the hazards of breathing the smoke from those fires, due to the toxic cancer causing agents contained inside the solar panels.
If 7 out of 248 homes in your town, caught on fire because of gas leaks or arson, how safe would you feel? Did you know that Walmart had solar panels catch on fire on 7 out of 248 stores and one of those solar panels started a fire months after the solar panel was de-energized?
How about if 1 out of 11 homes caught on fire, for the same reason? Would that concern you? Did you know that Amazon had the same brand of solar panels catch on fire on 1 out of 11 of their facilities?
But what if the solar company monitors the solar panels?
About five months after his panels had been removed, one homeowner said he heard from the company that is supposed to be monitoring his solar panels . The homeowner was told his system had been flagged for bad connectors, at which time he responded, “I told them there was no system to maintain because they’d already caused a fire on my roof.”
The solar energy advocates spread tales of solar panels being safe and the National Fire Data Center that keeps statistics on causes of fires within the U.S.A., does not have any records of solar panels causing fires. However FIRES RESULTING FROM SOLAR PANELS ARE NOT DOCUMENTED and are simply classified as "other causes". Fortunately foreign countries such as Germany has documentation of at least 120 FIRES resulting from Solar Panels. The U.K. also has documentation on 80 fires that were started by faulty solar panels, while other countries including Japan have organizations that have investigated fires started by faulty solar panels and/or their components too.
Walmart, Amazon and multiple home owners
all had fires as a result of Tesla Solar Panels.
Walmart alleged in court documents that all 248 of their stores that have the Tesla roof solar panels were at risk of fires.
Walmart originally started having solar panels installed on their buildings in 2010. Beginning as early as 2012, several of those stores began experiencing rooftop fires, but the company had written these off as isolated accidents.
However, a string of three fires in as many months was hard to ignore. Walmart then determined the fires originated in the Tesla solar panels. So Walmart asked Tesla to de-activate all of its Walmart solar panels pending an investigation.
One of the seven Walmart store fires resulted in injuries to multiple firefighters and a store employee, plus millions of dollars in damages. Another fire caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages, leaving the store closed for eight days.
Local news photographs and videos of one store fires showed a tremendous plume of black smoke emerging from flames as firefighters arrived at the scene and as it has been reported in safety articles by firefighting groups, smoke from certain solar panel fires contains hazardous toxic cancer causing agents.
In May 2018, Walmart suffered two blazes just eight days apart, one in Maryland and the other in California.
Walmart says that by May 2018, Tesla agreed to de-energize the solar systems at all 248 Walmart stores. But even that did not prevent at least two more fires, including one fire that took place months after the solar panel system was de-energized.
In the case of one fire that took place after the solar panel system was de-energized, “Wires on the store’s rooftop were still sparking at the time that Walmart discovered the fire and could have ignited more extensive flames, with potentially devastating consequences,” the lawsuit states.
After having de-energized the solar panel systems at all 248 Walmart stores in 2018, Tesla went on to carry out safety inspections in 2019, hoping to find a way to re-energize the rooftop installations.
After inspecting just 29 stores, it found 157 items needing replacement or repair, “48 of which Tesla itself characterized as reflecting conditions that rendered the sites unsafe or potentially unsafe.”
Walmart's own follow-up inspections turned up even more problems.
Among the problems Walmart claims to have identified:
- "Many of the Tesla solar panels inspected by Walmart were suffering from hotspots, resulting in cracking of the back sheets on solar modules and compromising electrical insulation."
- "Making matters worse, Tesla had flagged or identified hotspots by placing pieces of tape over the affected areas. Because this tape prevented sunlight from reaching the solar panel, it exacerbated the problem by further concentrating heat."
- "Tesla teams consistently failed to torque or tighten field-made connectors." "The lack of torqueing leads to moisture and water intrusion."
- "Sharp points—from, among other items, rough concrete or metal edges—were cutting into or abrading wires. In other cases, temperature changes resulted in the expansion and contraction of wires over time, moving the wires and resulting in their abrasion or exposure.
- Multiple sites had improper grounding.
Within 90 days after filing this lawsuit, Walmart and Tesla settled, however there were also several other lawsuits against Tesla, and one of them was from Amazon because of one of their warehouses that contained solar panels from Tesla also caught on fire.
It seems that possibly as much as a year before the lawsuits from Walmart, Amazon and (multiple insurance companies that paid for homeowners losses from Solar Panel fires), Tesla had already discovered faulty parts within their panels and had begun a nationwide operation called “Project Titan,” that would quietly replace defective solar panel parts, such as connectors and optimizers. These are components which regulate the amount of energy and heat that flows to a solar panel which ensures that they don’t overheat, which could easily result in a fire.
It was reported that one of the parts Tesla repaired and/or replaced, was made by a company called Amphenol and it seems this same part was commonly used by a variety of solar panel companies, thus making us wonder how many faulty parts from this particular manufacture are still being used and how many more fires and potential lives are at risk.
Be sure to watch this website for additional investigations on the hidden dangers of solar panels, such as lies told about them withstanding 120 mph winds, when there have been reports of them flying through the air with a 60 mph wind.
We will also be investigating hail damage, solar panels catching on fire while in the water, (electricity and water mixture isn't good), solar power plants killing birds including eagles, solar farms burning over 1,000 acres of land at a time, and the tons of toxic chemicals that will be leached into the ground once they are out of service and thrown in trash heaps instead of recycled.
Solar Farm Fire Burns 1,127 Acres
On June 5, 2019 a California Solar Farm that burned 1,127 acres, caught on fire because of a BIRD.
According to a California Fire Battalion Chief, the birds wings touch multiple electrical conductors at the same time and they turn into a “light bulb”.
He also said, “It happens all the time.”
The solar farm was partially funded by a $1.24-billion loan guarantee from the U.S. Energy Department.
The fire occurred at a solar farm that uses photovoltaic panels, just like the ones on rooftops and some people wonder how safe homes that are located close to solar farms are, when a fire can consume 1,127 acres of land before it can be put out.
We also found out the “National Fire Data Center” keeps statistics on causes of fires however,
fires resulting from Solar Panels are NOT DOCUMENTED. Instead, those fires are classified as “other.”
Are fires that are started by faulty solar panels, being hidden from citizens of the U.S.A. by the press or the government? We know there is an organization in the UK that is documenting the solar panel components that have been proven to cause fires, but have not found any such documentation within the U.S.A. yet. That is a question we are currently investigating.
Request for Writers and journalists
Even though many of these start ups are much smaller then the more established websites, some of them have started linking together with other conservative Christian websites, in order to share news stories and articles.
This “sharing” or linking up with other websites, not only helps the newer and smaller websites gain a larger audience without having to depend totally on Google or other left wing corporations, it also gives their Volunteer Writers more exposure and name recognition by sharing their articles on multiple platforms instead of just one location.
if you like posting comments on social media or the comment section of news sites and would like additional information on volunteering to write news articles or opinion pieces, in order to help educate Americans on how and why they should work together in order to help preserve their freedoms and Democracy,
then please use our contact form in order to reach out to our Admin.
The current topics these websites are dealing with at this time include but are not limited to:
Bikers Helping Bikers
Exposing Election Fraud
Exposing Fake Media Lies
Exposing Political Corruption
Fighting Big Tech
Fighting Solar Projects
Fighting Wind Projects
Motorcycle Riding Tips and Experiences
Preserving American History
Preserving American Values
Preserving Family Histories and Memories
Preserving Local Town Histories
Preserving Religious Freedoms
Solar farm proposed for toxic Southeast Side industrial site
The Cook County Land Bank is in talks to lease land for up to 35 years on part of the massive former Acme coke operation.
A portion of a massive toxic industrial site on the Southeast Side is being considered for a future home to a solar farm.
The Cook County Land Bank Authority has taken title to land near East 114th Street and South Torrence Avenue, clearing the property’s back taxes in hopes of drawing a solar operation on about 36 acres, a spokesman said Tuesday.
The property is part of a sprawling former site of the former Acme coke operation, which has been dormant for years. The land bank wants to lease the land to California solar company SunPower for up to 35 years. A lease-option agreement is being drafted, and the company will have two years to decide if it wants to enter into a long-term lease.
To read the entire article, click here
Questions for town/planning board prior to application approval/denial of a commercial solar project.
Since it seems like many states and counties either don't care about their citizens and taxpayers or are just uninformed, we are providing a list of questions that EVERY elected or appointed official that is responsible for rules or regulations overseeing any type of solar development, should read and act on.
We are publishing the entire list here in a PDF format so that it can be printed out and mailed to your local representatives.
We also want to give credit to Lynne Bruning and other members of the Stop Solar Farms Facebook Group and https://nosolarwind.org message board members for their contributions to this list.
Click the link below to read this list.
New No Solar or Wind Website
Announcement of New Website
We are pleased to announce the opening of a new website dedicated to stopping solar and wind projects all around the world.
If you are fighting to stop one site, you can share your knowledge with other fighters, in order to help them. As such, this new site NEEDS your help in this fight. Please do whatever you can in order to help THEM, help others.
Since this is a new site, they are still looking for individuals to share any problems or suggestions that will increase the capabilities and efficiency of the site, including any problems incurred when using a mobile device or other smaller screens, as well as suggestions for new topics and forums.
If you are willing to help, please:
1: Go to: https://nosolarwind.org and sign up as a user.
2: You can pick your own name OR just use a screen name OR use two accounts, one with each name.
3: Once you are logged in, anytime you find a news story revealing any facts about the dangers or hidden truths of solar and wind projects, please post a link to them in the NEWS forum of the site. It would also be nice to have one or two paragraphs from the news story as a “leader” but that is not required if you don’t want to add it.
4: You can also post a small image in the news forum with the story, if you want to attache one, but it is not required.
5: If you are engaged in a fight against a solar or wind project in your community, please go to the community message boards for your geographical area OR use the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of the page to ask them to create a forum just for your area. Then post any information you care to share about your fight, especially your location, the number of acres, before OR after images if available and any other information you are willing to share.
6: If you are willing to become a moderator and help police the board from lies being posted by pro solar or wind people, they would encourage you to use the “contact” form if you are not logged in as a member.
Keep in mind, the solar and wind industry is trying to make their millions of dollars regardless of the consequences to our homes, land or even the planet. They are united with many organizations, lobbyists and governments willing to support them, so unless we also get united, they will take over every acre of land they want and in turn we will lose our homes and freedom. So if you don’t stand together and fight now, by the time you see how massive this takeover of our lands is, it might be to late.
Think Before Placing Solar on Farmland
Large-scale solar arrays have the potential of taking thousands upon thousands of acres out of agricultural production nationwide. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced $1.5 billion in grants and incentives for large-scale solar arrays developed in New York. Taxpayers are now funding both farmland protection and solar developments that will remove thousands of acres from agricultural production.
In what universe does it make sense to spend taxpayer dollars to preserve valuable farmland, and at the same time we are spending taxpayer dollars to convert valuable farmland to other uses? What is even more troubling is the fact that the solar developers choose to use our best croplands for their projects.
The conversion of these highly productive soils will cause a shift of food production to less-productive lands. This will require more acreage, more fuel, more fertilizer, more seed, more pesticides, more water and more labor to produce the same amount of food and fiber. Add to this the fact that the world will need 50% to 70% more food and fiber in 30 years and we have a real problem.
This leads to another environmental issue: If we continue to develop our best cropland, where will our food and fiber come from? Will this accelerate the conversion of South American rainforest and African savannah to cropland? Will the more fragile, highly erodible land in our country that has been taken out of production be converted back to cropland? Will our forest land be returned to agricultural production as it was in the 19th century? What value do we place on our natural, wild, undeveloped lands for human, mental and physical well-being?
You can read the entire article HERE:
Internet and News Hiding Dangerous Solar Fire Information.
Since the “green energy movement” is so popular with the brainwashed college educated individuals that run these newspapers and global search engines, I always suspected the “absence” of certain types of information, was a result of the “elites” trying to control what type of information “we the people” are allowed to gather and read.
Since the day I started researching solar farms, I always wondered why there was so little information from people that objected to solar or wind farms, anywhere on the Internet or in the local news.
Thanks to building a relationship with many others on social media sites and certain website that allow us “common” people to post comments, I have been able to gather a treasure chest of information. However, there is still one area that seems to be well hidden in this country and that is reports of “fires” involving solar panels.
I have written multiple articles about solar panel components that have be recalled because of being “fire hazards.”
I have also written about “hidden programs” designed to replace hazardous parts “before” they started fires, as well as articles about fires that were admittedly caused by faulty solar panels. But all of that information was discovered due to lawsuits being filed, years after the solar panels had been installed.
So, I am coming to you today with more proof of how the dangers of solar panels are being hidden from you.
While researching a legal document from a lawsuit, I learned the lawsuit stemmed from a fire that took place in Littleton, Massachusetts on May 31, 2016 and involved the burning of 88 solar panels.
“The fire occurred on the roof of a NextSun facility that damaged 88 of the 6,050 panels on one of its arrays, but caused no damage to the 5,742 solar panels in a second array”
Quote from the Lawsuit:
NextSun Energy Littleton, LLC, is a Massachusetts companythat operates solar panel arrays. (Pl. SMF ¶¶ 1-2). JacobLaskin is its registered agent, sole member, and manager.(Def. Statement Concerning Diversity Jurisdiction).NextSun owns and operates two rooftop solar panel arrays at Distribution Circle in Littleton, Massachusetts
After searching via multiple search engines, I found NO news articles reporting on this fire. However, I was able to locate a local newspaper article reporting that, “Local Officials Were Concerned About Solar Fires.”
That article stated that: “Local fire departments fought at least two solar-panel fires in Greater Lowell last month.”
NOTE: Lowell, Massachusetts is 12 to 14 miles from Littleton.
Yet again, I could find NO news reports and/or images taken on the day of either fire. However, the article I found did report:
“It appears that the fire started Friday, May 27, about 5:30 p.m., when eight to 10 solar panels caught fire at 1 Distribution Center Drive, Wodzinski said. There were thunderstorms four days before. The fire extinguished itself at some point, and its damage was discovered Tuesday, May 31. “
So, a fire, on top of a building, was discovered FOUR DAYS after it started.
Now, I have to wonder. If there were two solar panel fires during the month and the local news reports that one of them only involved 10 solar panels and was “found” on May 31, 2016, after being started four days earlier AND the fire involved in the lawsuit that burned 88 solar panels was also on May 31, 2016 and at the same address. Doesn’t that seem a bit strange to anyone else? And who are we to believe, if the news reports 10 panels, but the legal document presented to the Courts states 88 panels.
But it gets better.
Scott Edwards, general manager of the Littleton Electric Light and Water Departments, said the solar-panel fire in town was the first he had heard about.
“I get so much literature about solar installation, commercial, industrial,” Edwards said. “I never see anything about possible fires. The one we had here was a real surprise.”
Lowell Fire Chief Jeffrey Winward said Lowell sees about one or two solar-panel fires per year.
One broke out at General Woodworking on Walker Street on May 13. Electricity can be shut off at the ground level, but the panels always produce electricity if the sun is out. The inverter, where the electricity from solar panels is converted to power a home, can also malfunction and cause a fire.
Winward also said there isn’t much homeowners can do to prevent a solar-panel fire, but having an escape plan and working smoke detectors is always important.
So, we are to gather that a fire chief can see one or two solar fires per year, without the news reporting on it. Yet, they admit to having two fires in one month. Then we also have the number of panels being 10 in the news report and 88 in the court document. So, is this just sloppy news reporting or is it set up to intentionally hide the truth about the dangers of solar panel fires?
Just My Thoughts
How Solar Farm Developers Keep Neighbors From Complaining
Have you ever wondered why it is so hard to find neighbors from complaining about having solar farms being built next to their property.
Well, in many cases, just follow the money. It turns out that solar companies are paying neighbors off, to keep them from complaining. There are even cases where Solar Companies have bought neighbors property for top dollars, in order to stop a lawsuit from shedding light on the problems and complaints.
So, the question many of us should be asking is WHY are solar companies so determined to spend such large amounts of money around, just to keep citizens from complaining about having an Industrial Solar Plant next door?
If you are not familiar with the term “Industrial Solar Project” vs a “Solar Farm”, let me explain. There is no difference. Many people will refer to them as a Solar Farm, however, they are not farming, or growing crops. When you take from 1,000 acres to over 10,000 acres of good farm land or forests and use dozers to convert it over to land that you can use to install tens of thousands or even millions of solar panels, you are not GROWING anything and the only thing you are RAISING will be the electrical rates for every home in our country.
Now, as to an example of how solar companies keep neighbors quiet about how devastating these Industrial Solar Plants are, we are including a portion of a Good Neighbor Agreement that is currently being used.
Solar Farm Good Neighbor Agreements
These are legal gag orders, paying off neighbors and preventing them from making any complaints about solar farms or industrial solar plants.
Below is the partial text of an actual Neighbor Agreement that was offered by a solar farm developer.
D. The Owner is eligible for this Agreement because *** has determined that the Project Property is located on *** or more sides of the Owner`s residential Property.
NOW, THEREFORE, the parties agree as follows:
Owner shall fully support and cooperate with ***`s development, construction, and operation of the Project, including in ***`s efforts to obtain from any governmental authority or any other person or entity any environmental impact review, permit, entitlement, approval, authorization, or other rights necessary or convenient in connection with the Project. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, in connection with any application by *** for a governmental permit, approval, authorization, entitlement or other consent related to the Project, Owner agrees not to oppose, in any way, whether directly or indirectly, any such application or approval at any administrative, judicial, or legislative level.
All terms in this Section 2 shall be subject to Owner complying with this Agreement. *** shall pay Owner a signing payment of Two Thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($2,000.00) within 45 days after the Effective Date. Within 45 days of the date when *** begins construction of vertical improvements for the Project and is diligently pursuing construction of the Project (such date being the "Construction Commencement Date"), *** shall pay Owner a one-time additional payment of Fifteen Thousand Dollars and 00/100 ($15,000.00).
Owner shall hold in confidence all information related to this Agreement and the Project (collectively, the "Confidential Information"). Owner shall not use any such Confidential Information for its own benefit, publish or otherwise disclose such Confidential Information to others, or permit the use of such Confidential Information by others for their benefit or to the detriment of ***. Owner may disclose Confidential Information to brokers, accountants and attorneys so long as such parties agree to not disclose the Confidential Information.
8. Successors and Assigns.
All provisions of this Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of *** and Owner, and their respective successors, assigns, heirs, and personal representatives. *** may freely assign its rights and obligations under this Agreement without Owner`s prior written consent; provided, however, that any such assignee is an owner or operator of the Project.
If you would like to see the complete document, please click on the link below.
All names have been removed in order to protect the citizens involved in disclosing this information.
However we intentionally left the dollar amount in, so that any Judas that is willing to sell out their neighbors and community for 30 pieces of silver, as least knows they can get more then 10 or 20 pieces of silver.
Personally, I can not imagine taking cash in return for selling out my children’s and grandchildren’s right to complain or voice their opposition to any dangers or problems that may occur as a result of having a solar farm next to their home for the next 30 or 50 years.
Senator says Solar Project Warrants Investigation
We will be posting this on multiple websites and social media platforms so that other elected officials may learn how to support the voters instead of big corporate donors.
Senator says Solar Project Warrants Investigation
From Pennsylvania Senator Doug Mastriano
I have become increasingly alarmed about the lack of transparency regarding the proposed solar panel project in Mount Joy Township, Adams County.
Citizens are frustrated because they feel their voices are not being heard at the local level.
As a state lawmaker, it is important to understand that state officials do not get involved in local land-use matters. However, transparency is paramount – and we need some sunshine in Mount Joy Township.
If approved, a proposed massive industrial solar power plant will cover 1000 acres of prime farmland with 21 miles of eight-foot high barb wire fencing. Additionally, there will be more than 300,000 12-foot high rotating hazardous solar panels. These solar panels will have to be cleaned on a regular basis with well water. As a staunch environmental advocate, this could be devastating, as the project has the possibility of contaminating thousands of private homeowners’ water for the next 35 years.
This can have devastating consequences on local residents by unleashing cancer and toxins into the environment.
It is my understanding that state agencies are aware of the concerns that have been raised by township citizens, and those departments are investigating the project.
Hopefully, the investigation will be swift and thorough.
Answers are necessary.
https://senatormastriano.com/2020/11/19 ... euR10mwagY
Why having a solar farm next door is such an emotional event
Not all houses are homes.
By David H.
Since some people that choose to live in a condo or apartment do not seem to understand why certain individuals living in the country might be against having a solar farm next door to them, I thought I would take a few moments to share my personal perspective.
Like many young people of today, I was raised by a single parent. As such, my mother did not have enough money to buy a house, so we lived in rented apartments and houses.
Like most rental places, the ones I grew up living in were located “in cities.” The towns and cities I lived in as a child were located in the northeastern part of the U.S.A. and many of the buildings around us were so close together that a person could literally reach out the window and touch hands with a neighbor that was also reaching out their window.
Due to many of the experiences life throws at a person, once I became old enough to drive, I knew that I wanted to get out of the city and experience a more peaceful and quiet type of existence. However, I also knew that would take a certain amount of money, so I ended up getting a job driving a semi-truck from coast to coast.
That job allowed me to be alone, earn a descent wage, have a safe bed to sleep in every night and allow me to see and experience the entire country, all wrapped up in one package.
After spending years living out of a truck and saving my money, I finally found what I “thought” would be the perfect location to “BUILD” my own home.
The location was perfect for my wants and needs. I can lay outside at night and enjoy the silence as I would gaze up at the stars, without any city lights or other distractions taking away the beauty of the night time light shows.
The morning view is also breathtaking as I can look out the window of my sunroom and see nothing but the beauty of nature with it’s grasses waving in the breeze and the trees off in the distance that have become my calendar to show me what season it is by the color and size of their leaves.
I am a lucky man, because I am able to enjoy the fruits of my labor. I don’t just live in a building. I CREATED a home. I designed it. I picked out the materials I wanted to use in it’s creation. I paid for it.
I even worked the land by building multiple ponds and stocked them with various types of game fish, as well as planting fruit trees, a garden for vegetables and even flower beds.
In creating those ponds, I also created watering holes for ducks and geese as they fly over my property each year, as well as attracting deer, turkeys, turtles, heron and other types of wildlife on a regular basis, that put on a great show and education for me as well as my wife, children and grandchildren.
This is not just a home. It is a creation. It is a dream come true. It is my baby and a major part of my life. But my dream home and my lifelong creation is about to come to an end.
Over the decades, other homes have also been built within the view of my property and I appreciate having neighbors and the added security, but now I am faced with a new neighbor that I am not real happy about.
When corrupt or uninformed politicians allow greedy industrial solar developers to come into what is zoned as a farming and residential neighborhoods and destroy our property values, cause erosion that will flood my property and kill my fish, install products that have a history of creating fires and contain toxic hazardous chemicals that can be contaminate the ground water, fence off my property on all four sides, thus blocking off wildlife from my watering holes, install security lights all the way around my home, cause me to pay for these fake green energy projects that cause more contamination then other energy sources by using my tax money and raising my electric rates to help pay for the new high transmission lines, I would say that in my mind, I have every right to be upset by the betrayal of my elected officials on a local, state and federal level.
Spencer County Indiana Fight To Protect Homes
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Cost of Reclaiming Land Currently Used for Solar Panels
It discusses “ There are THREE main areas involved in returning solar facilities back to productive agricultural activities.
First there is the cost of the removal of equipment including the solar panels, the support structure, wiring, concrete stands, inverters, poles, fencing and buffer vegetation.
Second is mitigation of any heavy meal or herbicide residues.
Finally, there are the coast of restoring the soil properties that are essential to supporting crop productivity.
Each of these area involves the expenditure of time and money in order to restore the site to farmland.
7,000+ acre Solar Farm Proposed for Pulaski County Indiana
Written by Dean Cervenka
ACTION REQUESTED for all Pulaski County residents, homeowners, and land owners. Solar developers are locking up farm land throughout the county for solar panel installations.
This is done very discretely and the landowner, once signing up their land for 30 years, is also signing a non-disclosure contract. So you may not have been aware of the scope of the project until recently, like I was.
The developer also can extend the contract for 30 year increments, effectively removing the ground from agricultural production forever and the land owner has little control of the ground. Our farm declined these offers.
However, do not assume the farmland out your window or next to your property will stay the same. If you are contemplating buying a home, farm ground, or land in Pulaski County you should also do the research to make sure you will not be surrounded by solar panels in the next couple years. Declining property values already are a concern just based on the recent knowledge that Pulaski County is being converted to a large solar energy plant. Why invest in Pulaski Counties rural ground, homes, small business and the community when solar panels may change the rural landscape that is so hard to find?
Solar panels, invertors, and substations will be on 4,500 acres if the county BZA approves this first project and there is more farm ground being signed up and rumored to be up to 12,000 acres already.
The developer states the plant will produce and export 500MW (up to 1000MW) of power and of course this energy is not for Pulaski County. Land owners are selling out their ground for leases ranging from $1000-$1500 per acre per year with no regard for the long term effect on their neighbors, community, and their own farm ground. The money driving them is a significant lure.
Ag zoning was in place to protect agricultural ground, however, the county planning board, BZA and commissioners are driving through this exception. The Pulaski County ordinances, as written and reviewed, are not strong enough to protect the community and the land. That is one primary reason why Pulaski County is a prime target for these Solar Energy developers.
Go out and contact all of your surrounding neighbors and county officials, and ask if they have signed up their farmland to these solar plants.
If this concerns you… and it should… then attend the Pulaski County BZA meeting on this Monday, August 24th in the Winamac Highway Garage and ask the BZA to decline this exception to turn over 4,500 acres of tillable ground to an unproven solar developer.
This is in your hometown and backyard and will effect the community for generations by loss of prime farm ground, small business, and agricultural jobs. Get involved now as this may be your last chance!
See research at Pulaski County Against Solar Facebook site.
Solar Panels Create 300 times more toxic waste then Nuclear
Another real concern is the vast increase in the use of nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) in the construction of solar panels – up 1,057 percent over the past 25 years. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change deems NF3 to be 17,200 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas – meaning that even relatively minor quantities can have major impacts."
Another site States:
Solar panels create 300 times more toxic waste per unit of electricity generated than nuclear power plants, according to a Thursday report from the pro-nuclear group Environmental Progress (EP).
“There are two types of waste from solar. Waste from the manufacturing scene and waste from the solar panel after it has gone through its useful life. There are materials in those that if they leached out, it wouldn’t be good.”
A Third Site claims:
1. Solar panels create 300 times more toxic waste per unit of energy than do nuclear power plants.
2. If solar and nuclear produce the same amount of electricity over the next 25 years that nuclear produced in 2016, and the waste is stacked on football fields, the nuclear waste would reach the height of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (52 meters), while the solar waste would reach the height of two Mt. Everests (16 km).
3. In countries like China, India, and Ghana, communities living near e-waste dumps often burn the waste in order to salvage the valuable copper wires for resale. Since this process requires burning off the plastic, the resulting smoke contains toxic fumes that are carcinogenic and teratogenic (birth defect-causing) when inhaled
State Sues Solar Farm Developer For Pollution
On April 28, 2020, the Massachusetts Attorney General filed a lawsuit against a Solar Farm Developer alleging “irreparable harm” caused by the polluting of a River and damage to protected wetlands.
The lawsuit claims the solar developer violated Federal and State water protection laws during the construction of an 18.5 acre solar farm.
Stormwater pollution is regulated under a variety of federal Clean Water Act permits and is recognized as the largest threat to water quality. By not having the legally required storm-water controls, the construction caused “sediment-laden storm-water to erode the hillside, effecting perennial and intermittent streams, uprooting trees and covering more then an acre of new sediment pollution in the river, thus causing irreparable damage to the river.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, sediment pollution is the “MOST” significant way water quality in streams and rivers is degraded and this lawsuit claims the food chain for various fish has been damaged by killing organisms on which certain fish depend on.
The director of the project development, told town officials that the soil was good for avoiding runoff and that no trees would have to be cut to make way for the solar arrays.
However, some time later, once the construction had already started, minutes from a local Conservation Commission meeting acknowledged the area for the solar project needed to be graded. At that point, an engineering plan for a terraced approach was proposed.
Around 6 months later, a local resident presented a photo to the Conservation Commission, showing some of the damage caused by the storm drainwater and informed the commission that some of the ditches had reached a depth of 20 feet and contained full grown trees.
This is another example of individuals, companies and even “some” elected officials, seem to care more about the money they can make by supporting the “Green energy movement” then actually protecting the land, water, homes, nature and wildlife they are destroying.
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Cyber Attacks Against Solar Energy Systems
Here is another reason NOT to install Solar Farms near residential neighborhoods.
In May of 2019 the First US Cyber Attack Against a Solar and Wind Energy Company took place in Utah.
It turns out that some components used to monitor and control the systems, including converting the electricity over from DC voltage to AC voltage, can be controlled via the Internet.
In this day and age, all of us know about computer viruses and some of us even have a bit of knowledge concerning hacking and Botnets.
Well, it turns out that in California, there have been solar panels installed that contained “open WIFI access points” found on the Management Units (MMU), allowing anyone within range to connect to the network.
Other problems that were discovered involved access that would allow individuals to “ make configuration changes that would alter maximum tolerances and limits, or even shut down systems.
Could some of those changes potentially cause the system to overheat and cause a short and even a fire?
In another case, a researcher from Germany found 21 security flaws in solar power systems. Some of them were within the power inverters that feed the local energy into the national grid. These flaws could also be exploited by accessing an internet facing inverter from the other side of the world allowing someone to control the amount of energy going through an electric grid and even shutting it down.
In 2006, a 5 gigawatt shortage in Germany caused left then 10 million people in the dark across Europe, including Paris and Madrid having to spend hours without power.
These current security flaws could cause a 17 gigawatt shortage if hackers take controal of a large number of inverters and switch them off simultaneously.
If you have any information relating to other solar or wind sites discovering security flaws, please share that information with our group.
I Cried Wolf on Climate Change: Says Michael Shellenberger
A former leading green campaigner, Michael Shellenberger, previously one of Time magazine’s ‘Heroes of the Environment’ says he “cried wolf” on climate change, and wants to apologise for how environmentalists “misled the public”.
Michael Shellenberger is an American author, environmental policy writer, cofounder of Breakthrough Institute and founder of Environmental Progress. He was named a Time magazine Heroes of the Environment, winner of the 2008 Green Book Award
Writing in The Australian, Michael Shellenberger said that “on behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like to formally apologise for the climate scare we created over the past 30 years. Climate change is happening. It’s just not the end of the world. It’s not even our most serious environmental problem.”
He points out that he has been a climate activist for twenty years, and an environmentalist for 30. But now, in a blunt and hard-hitting article he tackles some of the most hallowed tenets of the climate movement.
Shellenberger claims that humans are “not causing a ‘sixth mass extinction'”, the world is producing 25% more food than we need, carbon emissions are in decline, and that fires have “declined 25% around the world since 2003”. ]
He argues that this will sound like “climate denialism” to many people – but says “that just shows the power of climate alarmism”.
“In reality, the above facts come from the best-available scientific studies, including those conducted by or accepted by the IPCC, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and other leading scientific bodies,” he writes in The Australian.
He is at pains to point out that he is no “right-wing anti-environmentalist”, saying he first became an environmentalist at 16 and has worked to protect the planet and indiginous people for decades.
“But until last year, I mostly avoided speaking out against the climate scare. Partly that’s because I was embarrassed. After all, I am as guilty of alarmism as any other environmentalist. For years, I referred to climate change as an “existential” threat to human civilisation, and called it a ‘crisis’,” he wrote.
“But mostly I was scared. I remained quiet about the climate disinformation campaign because I was afraid of losing friends and funding. The few times I summoned the courage to defend climate science from those who misrepresent it I suffered harsh consequences. And so I mostly stood by and did next to nothing as my fellow environmentalists terrified the public.”
He writes that he watched “people in the White House and many in the media tried to destroy the reputation and career of an outstanding scientist, good man, and friend of mine, Roger Pielke Jr, a lifelong progressive Democrat and environmentalist who testified in favour of carbon regulations. Why did they do that? Because his research proves natural disasters aren’t getting worse.”
Here is additional information from Michael Shellenberger's Statement.
Sorry But I Cried Wolf On Climate Change
On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like to formally apologise for the climate scare we created over the past 30 years. Climate change is happening. It’s just not the end of the world. It’s not even our most serious environmental problem.
I may seem like a strange person to be saying all of this. I have been a climate activist for 20 years and an environmentalist for 30.
But as an energy expert asked by the US congress to provide objective testimony, and invited by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to serve as a reviewer of its next assessment report, I feel an obligation to apologise for how badly we environmentalists have misled the public.
Here are some facts few people know:
• Humans are not causing a “sixth mass extinction”
• The Amazon is not “the lungs of the world”
• Climate change is not making natural disasters worse
• Fires have declined 25 per cent around the world since 2003
• The amount of land we use for meat — humankind’s biggest use of land — has declined by an area nearly as large as Alaska
• The build-up of wood fuel and more houses near forests, not climate change, explain why there are more, and more dangerous, fires in Australia and California
• Carbon emissions are declining in most rich nations and have been declining in Britain, Germany and France since the mid-1970s
• The Netherlands became rich, not poor, while adapting to life below sea level
• We produce 25 per cent more food than we need and food surpluses will continue to rise as the world gets hotter
• Habitat loss and the direct killing of wild animals are bigger threats to species than climate change
• Wood fuel is far worse for people and wildlife than fossil fuels, and
• Preventing future pandemics requires more, not less, “industrial” agriculture.
I know the above facts will sound like “climate denialism” to many people. But that just shows the power of climate alarmism. In reality, the above facts come from the best-available scientific studies, including those conducted by or accepted by the IPCC, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and other leading scientific bodies.
Some people will, when they read this, imagine that I’m some right-wing anti-environmentalist. I’m not. At 17, I lived in Nicaragua to show solidarity with the Sandinista socialist revolution. At 23 I raised money for Guatemalan women’s co-operatives. In my early 20s I lived in the semi-Amazon doing research with small farmers fighting land invasions. At 26 I helped expose poor conditions at Nike factories in Asia.
I became an environmentalist at 16 when I threw a fundraiser for Rainforest Action Network. At 27 I helped save the last unprotected ancient redwoods in California. In my 30s I advocated renewables and successfully helped persuade the Obama administration to invest $US90bn into them. Over the past few years I helped save enough nuclear plants from being replaced by fossil fuels to prevent a sharp increase in emissions.
But until last year, I mostly avoided speaking out against the climate scare. Partly that’s because I was embarrassed. After all, I am as guilty of alarmism as any other environmentalist. For years, I referred to climate change as an “existential” threat to human civilisation, and called it a “crisis”.
But mostly I was scared. I remained quiet about the climate disinformation campaign because I was afraid of losing friends and funding. The few times I summoned the courage to defend climate science from those who misrepresent it I suffered harsh consequences. And so I mostly stood by and did next to nothing as my fellow environmentalists terrified the public.
I even stood by as people in the White House and many in the media tried to destroy the reputation and career of an outstanding scientist, good man, and friend of mine, Roger Pielke Jr, a lifelong progressive Democrat and environmentalist who testified in favour of carbon regulations. Why did they do that? Because his research proves natural disasters aren’t getting worse. But then, last year, things spiralled out of control. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said: “The world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.” Britain’s most high-profile environmental group claimed “climate change kills children”.
The world’s most influential green journalist, Bill McKibben, called climate change the “greatest challenge humans have ever faced” and said it would “wipe out civilisations”. Mainstream journalists reported, repeatedly, that the Amazon was “the lungs of the world”, and that deforestation was like a nuclear bomb going off.
As a result, half of the people surveyed around the world last year said they thought climate change would make humanity extinct. And in January, one out of five British children told pollsters they were having nightmares about climate change.
Whether or not you have children you must see how wrong this is. I admit I may be sensitive because I have a teenage daughter. After we talked about the science she was reassured. But her friends are deeply misinformed and thus, understandably, frightened.
I thus decided I had to speak out. I knew that writing a few articles wouldn’t be enough. I needed a book to properly lay out all of the evidence. And so my formal apology for our fearmongering comes in the form of my new book, Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All.
Carbon emissions are declining in most rich nations and have been declining in Britain, Germany and France since the mid-1970s.
It is based on two decades of research and three decades of environmental activism. At 400 pages, with 100 of them endnotes, Apocalypse Never covers climate change, deforestation, plastic waste, species extinction, industrialisation, meat, nuclear energy, and renewables.
Some highlights from the book:
• Factories and modern farming are the keys to human liberation and environmental progress
• The most important thing for saving the environment is producing more food, particularly meat, on less land
• The most important thing for reducing pollution and emissions is moving from wood to coal to petrol to natural gas to uranium
• 100 per cent renewables would require increasing the land used for energy from today’s 0.5 per cent to 50 per cent
• We should want cities, farms, and power plants to have higher, not lower, power densities
• Vegetarianism reduces one’s emissions by less than 4 per cent
• Greenpeace didn’t save the whales — switching from whale oil to petroleum and palm oil did
• “Free-range” beef would require 20 times more land and produce 300 per cent more emissions
• Greenpeace dogmatism worsened forest fragmentation of the Amazon, and
• The colonialist approach to gorilla conservation in the Congo produced a backlash that may have resulted in the killing of 250 elephants.
Why were we all so misled? In the final three chapters of Apocalypse Never I expose the financial, political and ideological motivations. Environmental groups have accepted hundreds of millions of dollars from fossil fuel interests. Groups motivated by anti-humanist beliefs forced the World Bank to stop trying to end poverty and instead make poverty “sustainable”. And status anxiety, depression and hostility to modern civilisation are behind much of the alarmism.
Once you realise just how badly misinformed we have been, often by people with plainly unsavoury motivations, it is hard not to feel duped. Will Apocalypse Never make any difference? There are certainly reasons to doubt it. The news media have been making apocalyptic pronouncements about climate change since the late 1980s, and do not seem disposed to stop. The ideology behind environmental alarmism — Malthusianism — has been repeatedly debunked for 200 years and yet is more powerful than ever.
But there are also reasons to believe that environmental alarmism will, if not come to an end, have diminishing cultural power.
A real crisis
The coronavirus pandemic is an actual crisis that puts the climate “crisis” into perspective. Even if you think we have overreacted, COVID-19 has killed nearly 500,000 people and shattered economies around the globe.
Scientific institutions including WHO and IPCC have undermined their credibility through the repeated politicisation of science. Their future existence and relevance depends on new leadership and serious reform. Facts still matter, and social media is allowing for a wider range of new and independent voices to outcompete alarmist environmental journalists at legacy publications.
Nations are reverting openly to self-interest and away from Malthusianism and neoliberalism, which is good for nuclear and bad for renewables.
The evidence is overwhelming that our high-energy civilisation is better for people and nature than the low-energy civilisation that climate alarmists would return us to.
The invitations from IPCC and congress are signs of a growing openness to new thinking about climate change and the environment. Another one has been to the response to my book from climate scientists, conservationists and environmental scholars. “Apocalypse Never is an extremely important book,” writes Richard Rhodes, the Pulitzer-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb. “This may be the most important book on the environment ever written,” says one of the fathers of modern climate science, Tom Wigley.
“We environmentalists condemn those with antithetical views of being ignorant of science and susceptible to confirmation bias,” wrote the former head of The Nature Conservancy, Steve McCormick. “But too often we are guilty of the same. Shellenberger offers ‘tough love’: a challenge to entrenched orthodoxies and rigid, self-defeating mindsets. Apocalypse Never serves up occasionally stinging, but always well-crafted, evidence-based points of view that will help develop the ‘mental muscle’ we need to envision and design not only a hopeful, but an attainable, future.”
That is all I hoped for in writing it. If you’ve made it this far, I hope you’ll agree it’s perhaps not as strange as it seems that a lifelong environmentalist and progressive felt the need to speak out against the alarmism. I further hope that you’ll accept my apology.