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Response to denbot (Reply #11)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 11:10 PM

13. Are they really?

The life that has evolved there will be destroyed. I am not willing to make a judgment about which life has the most value.

Of course, Iím employing hyperbole to make the point we all need to realize and be honest about. Putting up hundreds of thousands of acres of solar panels to eliminate fossil fuel will have a huge ecological cost.

Even here in Florida. None of our dry uplands, which we actually have, are pristine. All were farmed until our sandy soils and unfavorable climate made most agriculturally marginal. So now the mainly grow genetically engineered pine trees worth almost nothing or single family homes, worth a lot. But left alone and with a little help, the longleaf pine/wire grass ecosystem would rapidly recover along with all the species now endangered due to environmental degradation.

If we cover them with solar panels, the ecosystem will as unnatural as single family homes. But to supply 22 million people with power, even if every house had solar panels will take thousands of acres if not more. And wind power is not viable here

Iím not saying we should not do so. But there is a huge cost and we need to be honest about it. Already on my drive to work 300 acres that were pine trees and other plants are now covered with solar panels and devoid of a natural ecosystem. No more gopher tortoises, eastern diamond back rattlesnakes, burrowing owlets and indigo snakes. Again, I like seeing them. But realize they came with a cost.

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