Cutting down trees = good for the environment?

green_questionmarkIm all about sustainability and green technology, so solar panels is definitely seen as a positive in my book. California is often seen as the leader of positive reform and change in the U.S., but it seems they have an obscure 1978 law called the Solar Shade Control Act that is creating a bit of a stir.

A Sunnyvale couple is in the courts right now because their redwood trees in their backyard cast a shadow over their neighbor’s solar panels (trees were there first). Apparently, this law “bans trees or shrubs from shading more than 10 percent of a neighbor’s solar panels between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. It does not apply to trees or shrubs that were there before the solar panels were installed. But – and here’s the key distinction – it does apply to existing trees and shrubs that later grew big enough to shade the solar panels.”

Moreover…science suggests that the solar panels are better for the environment because “a tree only sequesters 14 pounds of carbon dioxide a year and a solar electric system offsets that every two or three days.” This seems a bit ridiculous to me and I feel we might be loosing touch with reality and what green is all about.

Thoughts?

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