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Local Govt Bans Solar Panels, Fearing they Would “Suck Up All the Energy from the Sun”

Woodland, NC — Nestled in a remote Northeast corner of the state, the town of Woodland is not known to many folks. However, after a recent and downright jaw-dropping council decision last week, their small town is about to be very well known.

A private solar company, Strata Solar, was looking to build a solar farm in the town because of the strategic location of vast swaths of unused land, located near an ideal electrical substation that would tie the system into the grid.

Strata is not the first company to seek out the town of Woodland for the placement of such a farm. In fact, a different company has already broke ground on the construction of another such solar farm.

Strata Solar was attempting to get a section of land rezoned at a council meeting last week, so they could begin construction on the new farm. However, residents showed up and voiced their opinions on the solar, and the council responded by denying the rezoning, and thereby denying the construction of the solar farm.

In a 3 to 1 vote, the council made the most ridiculous decision ever made by a government – and the residents couldn’t be happier.

During the period for public comment, a science teacher, Jane Mann took to the podium to explain why she didn’t want any solar in her town.

Jane Mann told the council that she is “concerned that photosynthesis, which depends upon sunlight, would not happen and would keep the plants from growing.” She then went on to question the safety of the passive energy production of solar, citing a number of cancer deaths in the area.

“No one can tell me that solar panels don’t cause cancer,” asserted Mann.

After Jane Mann expressed her concern, her husband Bobby Mann took to the pulpit to drive home their case by saying the “solar farms would suck up all the energy from the sun and businesses would not come to Woodland.”

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

A representative from Strata Solar, likely in a state of awe, attempted to explain that “there are no negative impacts.” Beth Trahos explained to the council, “A solar farm is a wonderful use for a property like this.”

Another representative from Strata, Brent Niemann tried to explain that the solar panels don’t actually “suck up” any extra sun, their function is purely passive and only use the light that hits them directly.

“The panels don’t draw additional sunlight,” Niemann noted. But the town’s people weren’t having any of it.

Niemann even went on to illustrate how the free energy from the sun would drastically reduce all of their power bills, but still they held out.

After the council voted to reject the rezoning and deny the solar farm production, they later voted for a moratorium on all future solar production as well, solidifying their place in history as the town that banned renewable energy.

Currently in North Carolina, much of their energy, as well of the rest of the nation’s energy comes from coal-fired plants. The coal to fuel these plants is often stripped from the earth, in North Carolina, through a devastating process called mountaintop removal.

During mountaintop removal, explosives are used to remove up to 400 vertical feet of mountain to expose underlying coal seams. Excess rock and soil are then dumped into nearby valleys, in what are called “holler fills” or “valley fills, leading to a slew of negative environmental effects.

The process leaves the once lush green mountain area, a dead desert-like hole with permanent loss of ecosystems.

The process of destruction and adverse health effects from mountaintop removal can be viewed empirically and its atrocious effects are known most everyone. However, to the town of Woodland, North Carolina, it’s solar that’s dangerous.

  • This not okay! If this makes you sick to your stomach, please ‘Like’ + Share + Comment! (y)

    • Follow the Money, and Power! ..Then take it away from the People that Abuse it, and give it to the Stewards that have the World and It’s Population at Heart! ..But we have to do our parts too! Reduce-Reuse-Recycle! Combine Errands at low-traffic times, whenever possible. Use the most renewable energy possible for the situation. Attend a City Council, School District, or County Commissioner, etc Meeting. Don’t Despair because of Rampant Apathy, and Individual Indifference! If you’ve read this far, you CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! I hope to see you out there! <3 ? ?

    • The free though project. Not honest reporting. I’m dissapointed in you. No longer following. Next time research the damn story first.

  • Retarded

  • I cried, not tears of laughter, real tears..FFS!!

  • Wow. Please let this be a joke please? Ppl cant be that stupid.

  • It looks more like ignorance is the dangerous part of this.

  • If you read into the situation, that analysis is crap.

  • I wonder how many of the less than 2000 people there actually are aware of this?

  • Opposition was not ignorant and opposition was not unreasonable.

  • WTF

  • Sola Folda – Solar in every sun facing window –

  • Because these meggots in power refuse to believe in an Omnipotent God who will keep us going until the appointed time.

    • So if god is omnipotent can he create a bolder that he cant pick up?

    • Religon is the biggest thing preventing progress…..superstitions
      Wisdom is one thing but majic and invisible gods need to go……maybe we as a society will one day be smart enough to finally put the evolving theory of gods to rest after 10thousand years of intellectual shackles…..

    • Lol I pray your blinders will be removed one day.

  • This is why Tony Abbot should not speak.

  • better than mining coal, the sun won’t run out of sun.

  • This bullshit “dumb yokels” thing was rolled by urban elites who wanted to buy up good farm land and use it for their government-subsidized solar farms, meanwhile effectively killing the rural economy.

  • It is likely those people will vote for Donald Trump after having voted for George W. Bush.

  • was the congressclown who was afraid that our base was going to cause Guam to flip over from this area?

  • What a bunch of fucking idiots, lol

  • I definitely smell an onion! ..and I haven’t even read the post yet!

  • Now come on people…are they really that stupid?

  • There is a time to get your Science News from a Site with Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin at the top! ..The technical term for that time is: NEVER!!!

  • What was really happen to these maggot nowaday? Insane or just greedy? This is the world we living it.

  • The reason businesses are closing is because while there are plenty of companies that pay employees enough to pay taxes and still enjoy a high standard of living, those companies are supporting the deadbeat businesses that don’t and because those predatory companies don’t reciprocate their employees aren’t able to spend money at other businesses and they create unbalance in the economy, weakening it and causing businesses to close instead of creating a cycle of prosperous jobs for everyone to support their families ~ AWA

  • yes…people are still that stupid.

  • Carl Sagan warned us what would happen if we didn’t replace politicians with scientists.

  • “You’re killing your town,” he said. “All the young people are going to move out.”
    Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/local-govt-bans-solar-panels-fearing-suck-energy-sun/#lD12ARkL2q3b9Aak.99 …….Yeah! Probably to get away from idiots like him!!!

  • Ban bathing suits NOW – no more suckin’ up the sun here in SoCal! Gimme that GMO vitamin D in a bottle!

  • Southerners, what do you expect?

  • Wow wtf..

  • AND, they probably voted Democratic!

  • Idiocracy

  • How rediculous.

  • Wow

  • Wow

  • Typical case of media spin,its not like headline makes sound if you research it.
    I’m disappointed with ftp over this one.

  • just like your soul gets stolen of you have a photo taken eh, pity there is no real education out there

  • The entire southeast coast swims in the shallow end of the gene pool at the administration level.

  • DUH.. HIC!!… wow.,,.. what idiots…

  • It was started by the oil companies guaranteed they talked to some uneducated people and convinced

  • Wow how stupid is this government that thinks solar sucks up sun rays. Lmao

  • Lmao!!!!! .I remember this. man, some people are so dumb

  • Just… What?

  • Why the FUCK are idiots in charge of this country?! Lol smh

  • It would seem that this is a bunch of ignorant idiots , but think again, the long arm of the coal industry , greedy bastards, want to keep raping mother earth to preserve their corporate control. !

  • If this is not a joke it must be the babble damaged people in the babble belt. I know that our rulers do not have in requirements to seek the office to have any common sence or IQ above turnip, but I do have hard time to believe what is written. It must be a joke.

  • It’s like this in a local town in ct, Norwich has its own electrical municipality and they control power for the town, my teacher wanted to install some on his house, barn and shed. The town denied him a permit to have the cleaner energy source. It’s like they want to ruin the world or something

  • I can understand the ANC gov`t in SA coming out with stupid statements like this but I didn`t realise that the town councils in the USA were quite as uneducated or stupid as they are.

  • Duh

  • Andy Taylor and Barney Fiff must live there.

  • More and more countries are going solar I give them 2 thumbs up

  • I think NC is scared it cut in to heating revenue

  • Marc Irms

  • something here sucks and it ain’t the Sun

  • Wonder what school the science teacher got HER education from?

  • Omfg what is going on in this world?

  • Is it possible that the panels prevent the sun from warming the surface covered by the panels?

  • The government always uses False Evidence Assumed Real

  • Dumb as a bunch of religous nuts……they deserve to be passed by progress train…..let them rot

  • How fucking stupid

  • No the solar energy we are catching has already escaped from the sun.

  • Trista Shaw David C Darkeye

  • You can not fix stupid and when you put stupid in charge you end up with stupid laws like this one.

  • yanks a dumb fucks

  • DUMBASS redneck thinking

  • “Dumb as in the case of the “Meat Head” Arch Bunker! This still applies to this town!! Solar is the fastest growing industry in America.

  • U&U&hh

  • Wow

  • Dale Freeman, Dwight Brown Jr., Quinton Graham

  • Jonathan D. Lacewell Lavar Moultrie

  • Legarris Brown

  • shut up and drink ya coolaid … its for the children :/

  • It’s the greedy power companies that don’t want to lose all their customers to solar power! GEEZUZ. Plain and simple.

  • they’re afraid it will suck up all the money from big oil.

  • You are fun murica !

    Here in Sweden our goverment handle these matters the swedish way, so they have put a tax on the sun. lol.

  • You can’t fix stupid!

  • Somebody tell me this is satire, it’s Friday for Pete’s sake.

  • We are all gonna die

  • Whats your guess? republican?

  • But fracking isn’t dangerous.

  • who are the dumb bunny’s in charge there? UNBELIEVABLE