The Environmental Disaster That Is Solyndra

We already know about the fiscal and political disaster, who’s up for killing the environment?

(Washington Times) Federal officials hailed Solyndra LLC’s plan to create clean energy when they awarded the company more than a half-billion dollars in loans, but the solar-panel maker’s abrupt closure now threatens to leave behind an environmental mess.

The company plans on paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to clean up its own property in Fremont, Calif., but a separate leased property in nearby Milpitas sits vacant with barrels of unknown chemicals and lead-contaminated equipment, attorneys for the landlord, iStarCTL I L.P., said in recent bankruptcy court filings.

iStar, which was finally given the keys to the property, recorded tons of pictures of open barrels of chemicals, “toxic chemicals” signs, and lead contamination, among others. You have to peruse the story for the full effect. And therein lies part of the problem, namely, that production of solar panels requires the use of dangerous chemicals, which can damage the environmental. What is to be done with all these chemicals, some of which are used to make the panels, and some of which are produced while making the panels? Warmists are primarily worried about using them to reduce the amounts of a trace gas necessary for life: why aren’t they concerned about the destruction of the environment?

Where were all the government inspectors and EPA folks?

Don Surber:

Solyndra was never about clean, green energy. This was not about saving the planet. This was about raiding the Treasury. This is why you make as your Energy Secretary someone who does not know jack about administration, but hey, he has a Nobel doesn’t he?

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One Response to “The Environmental Disaster That Is Solyndra”

  1. Gumball_Brains says:

    Yet another picture shows a large machine with a metallic tube coming from the top and another tube from the side. Both tubes display the words “lead exhaust.” A smaller sign on the front of the machine says “toxic” next to what appears to be a small skull and crossbones. A large structure outside the facility has the words “Argon Refrigerated Liquid” on its side.

    Court filings from the landlord also describe a high temperature oven assembly that is connected to an outside collection system, all of which are contaminated with lead.

    mmmmmmmmmmm green energy. tasty.

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