Environmental Scam: Solar Panels Produce More Toxic Waste than Nuclear Plants

Watch out -- your virtue-signaling might be ruining the earth.

The promises seemed almost too good to be true. Environmental activists told us that by installing solar panels on our homes, we could combat greenhouse gas emissions and reduce our dreaded carbon footprint. In fact, these panels were supposed to be so revolutionary, the government offered to give a tax credit to promote installation and more wide-spread usage. In 2015, Congress approved the 2016 federal spending bill which extended the solar panel tax credit. Energy Usage has the details:

The federal solar tax credit, also known as the investment tax credit (ITC), allows you to deduct 30 percent of the cost of installing a solar energy system from your federal taxes. The ITC applies to both residential and commercial systems, and there is no cap on its value. Thanks to the ITC, the average EnergySage Solar Marketplace shopper saved over $5,000 on the cost of going solar in 2017.

Wow. So many ways to win here. But, like many things that seem too good to be true, solar panels don't live up to the hype. In fact, a new study reveals that they produce more toxic waste than nuclear plants. According to Legal Insurrection, “it appears that solar panels create 300 times more toxic waste per unit of electricity generated than nuclear power plants.” Here's more:

The report found that solar panels use heavy metals, including lead, chromium and cadmium, which can harm the environment. The hazards of nuclear waste are well known and can be planned for, but very little has been done to mitigate solar waste issues.

“The problem with waste from solar is that it isn’t handled as well as nuclear waste,” Dr. Jeff Terry, a professor of nuclear physics involved in energy research at the Illinois Institute of Technology, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “There are two types of waste from solar. Waste from the manufacturing scene and waste from the solar panel after it has gone through its useful life. There are materials in those that if they leached out, it wouldn’t be good.”

The report found that solar panels use heavy metals, including lead, chromium and cadmium, which can harm the environment. The hazards of nuclear waste are well known and can be planned for, but very little has been done to mitigate solar waste issues. “The problem with waste from solar is that it isn’t handled as well as nuclear waste,” Dr. Jeff Terry, a professor of nuclear physics involved in energy research at the Illinois Institute of Technology, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “There are two types of waste from solar. Waste from the manufacturing scene and waste from the solar panel after it has gone through its useful life. There are materials in those that if they leached out, it wouldn’t be good.”

And then there's the little issue of waste:

“A 2013 investigation by the Associated Press found that from 2007 to 2011, the manufacture of solar panels in California 'produced 46.5 million pounds of sludge and contaminated water. Roughly 97 percent of it was taken to hazardous waste facilities throughout the state, but more than 1.4 million pounds were transported to nine other states.'"

The left likes to do things that signal that they are oh-so-more-socially-conscious than the rest of us mere mortals. But when you look underneath the veneer of self-congratulations, their "good deeds" usually do more damage than good.

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