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Wait, What?! Local Town Fears Solar Panels Will Suck Up All the Sun’s Energy

We've heard some pretty wild excuses to avoid clean energy. This one takes the cake.

A town council in Woodland, North Carolina, recently rejected a proposal for a new solar farm after local residents expressed some serious (or seriously ridiculous) concerns about the project.

Retired science teacher Jane Mann expressed a concern that “photosynthesis, which depends upon sunlight, would not happen and would keep the plants from growing,” the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald reported. Mann stated that she had “observed areas near solar panels where the plants are brown and dead because they did not get enough sunlight.”

“She also questioned the high number of cancer deaths in the area, saying no one could tell her that solar panels didn’t cause cancer.”

Another concerned citizen was worried the solar panels would consume all the energy from the sun.

The entire report reads like an article from The Onion, or something you’d see happen at a Pawnee town hall meeting in Parks and Recreation. It’s one of those stranger-than-fiction stories, but it highlights a real danger green energy may face.

You can pretty much guarantee that Elon Musk doesn’t think solar panels will drain all the sun’s energy:


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