Dumbest Town In America Rejects Solar Panels Because They Might Suck Up Too Much Of The Sun.


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Of all the things one North Carolina town could focus its energy on, Woodland has opted to take aim on a proposal to rezone some land for a solar farm. Never mind that solar energy has increasingly become an affordable and efficient energy wave of the future. Woodland residents want no part of it, and their reasoning is almost as perplexing as their obstinance.

Per the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, retired science teacher Jane Mann believes she’s caught on to something that’s eluded the scientific establishment: the risk that solar farms will kill nearby plant life. She believes the panels could somehow interrupt the process of photosynthesis in the area, thereby preventing plants from growing. And she supports her claim by insisting she’s witnessed solar farms surrounded by brown plants.

She also speculated that solar panels could cause cancer and then added some conspiratorial musings to her pseudo-science.

“I want to know what’s going to happen,” she said at the council meeting. “I want information. Enough is enough. I don’t see the profit for the town.

“People come with hidden agendas. Until we can find if anything is going to damage this community, we shouldn’t sign any paper.”


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Bobby Mann went on to make an ominous prediction.

“You’re killing your town,” he said. “All the young people are going to move out.”

It remains unclear why young people would have something against solar panels. Representatives of the company proposing the solar farm offered some sobering analysis to the Town Council meeting, apparently to little avail.

Strata Solar Company’s Beth Trahos said, “There are no negative impacts,” adding that, “A solar farm is a wonderful use for a property like this.”

Meanwhile, Brent Niemann attempted to assuage fears that the solar farm would attract excess sunlight and imperil citizens with radiation.

“The panels don’t draw additional sunlight,” he explained.

He added that, “There are no toxic materials on site. This is a tried and true technology.”

Apparently no amount of logic or science could persuade the skeptical town council. The rezoning proposal was rejected by a 3-1 vote.