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North Carolina town rejects solar panels because they might ‘suck up all the energy from the sun’

The town council of Woodland, North Carolina, rejected a proposal for a solar farm after concerned citizens expressed their concerns that solar panels would “suck up the sun.”

The town council of Woodland, North Carolina, rejected a proposal for a solar farm after concerned citizens expressed their concerns that solar panels would “suck up the sun.”

Among the concerned citizens was Jane Mann, a retired science teacher. Mann warned that plants in the area would not be able to photosynthesize sunlight with solar panels nearby. She also suggested that the solar panels may cause cancer, and said that no one could tell her otherwise. Scientific evidence has never suggested that solar panels may cause cancer.

Bobby Mann, another resident, warned that the solar panels would suck up the sun’s energy and destroy the town in the long run.

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

In the past few years, the Woodland town council has approved three solar farms, one of which recently started to install solar panels.

Representatives from Strata, the company which is building the panels, assured the council that the panels did not use any toxic chemicals, did not draw any additional sunlight, and that the technology was “tried and true.”

Ultimately, the council rejected the proposal for a new solar farm with a 3-1 vote.

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8 Comments

  1. Martin Pollard

    December 14, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    The stupid, it burns *SO* strongly with these people.

  2. Mike Davis

    December 14, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    If Jane Mann is a retired science teacher in the state, no wonder her students are idiots.

    Everyone knows the sun causes cancer. It’s called melanoma when you get too much of it. The panels should help.

    Except that the energy captured is used to generate heat elsewhere running lights, motors and such. It doesn’t disappear into a black hole. God help us!

  3. Barbara Abu-Odeh

    December 14, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    i find it sad that this town is so undeducated, or how much are the coal companies feeding into this

  4. John

    December 14, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    I am literally praying right now that this is satire. Please, oh please tell me that peop l e really don’t believe this.

  5. bigswifty74

    December 14, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    This town needs some true education, stat. A science teacher is opposing solar panels? She’s being paid by Big Oil somehow.

  6. Jyothis Babu

    December 14, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Idiot people

  7. Jim Felt

    December 14, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    I think Jon Stewart is ghost writing this drivel. No one is really that willfully ignorant are they? Are they??? And my taxing are going to defending their right to say such abhorant and awful things????

  8. ckwcolin12345

    December 15, 2015 at 12:05 am

    If the sun is dies we all die. Second every person who made these responses should have a ct scan to see if they have fully functioning brains.

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