|Cutting down the trees to save the forest???
||[Mar. 25th, 2008|01:34 pm]
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Apparently the big ado going on in my town that is making |
national headlines is over with: they will kill the trees.
The people fighting the chopping down of the redwood trees have
run out of money for lawyers to fight it, so the trees have to die.
These people planned some redwood tree a while back, and then some
guy moved into the house next door, and put up solar panels.
The redwoods grew (as they tend to do), and are shading the solar panels,
so the neighbor sued the redwood tree owners to have them removed,
and won, because casting shadows onto your neighbor's lot is illegal
in California, apparently.
The man from the SIerra Club apprently sides with the solar panels. Quote the article:
Kurt Newick, who sells solar systems for a San Jose company, says he loves trees as much as anyone, but he falls on the side of solar energy.
"I'm a big tree fan. They increase property values and provide shade and cooling. But it's actually better for the environment to put solar on your roof than to plant a tree," said Newick, who is also chairman of the global warming committee of the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club.
"On average, a tree only sequesters 14 pounds of carbon dioxide a year and a solar electric system offsets that every two or three days," he said.
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