To the editor: Going green creates its own waste

Published 10:34 am Thursday, July 28, 2022

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To the editor:

We never see the problems and hazards of wind, solar and electric vehicles. Most all the articles extol the virtues for our climate but never mention the downside these things also give us later.

The European Union where wind power has grown from less than 1% in 2000 to over 16% in 2020 is now experiencing the problem of what to do with the used turbine blades.  Tens of thousands of those blades are being buried in landfills where they will take centuries to decompose.

Likewise, solar panels are also starting to come to the end of their first lives. That too is being buried in landfills with their chemical “E-waste” and getting into our water supply. The International Renewable Energy Agency projects there will be 78 million metric tons of solar panels in their end life by 2050 generating 6 metric tons of E-waste annually.  That toxic waste can include among many things silver, arsenic, lead and cadmium.  All going into the ground and leaking into our groundwater.

There are the same arguments there for electric vehicle batteries which is not being told to the public. Besides these batteries being highly expensive to replace and not allowing us to drive very far without stopping several hours to plug-in to recharge, there is nowhere for them to go but a landfill where they are also leaking into our groundwater.

These are problems you will never see in newspapers or on TV because of the full court press we are being given to go green. Look up some of these things yourself and investigate.  You will be amazed.

John Nelms