Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Good Morning Sunshine

Herald Tribune
Trees block solar panels, and a feud ends in U.S. court
by Felicity Barringer

Update: Here it is (h.t. dirtcrashr)

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Call it an eco-parable: one Prius-driving couple take pride in their eight redwoods, the first of them planted over a decade ago. Their electric-car-driving neighbors take pride in their rooftop solar panels, installed five years after the first trees were planted.

A snotty jet-set couple builds a McMansion next to a small pig farm, because the land is cheap. As the farm grows, they sue the pig farmer because of the noise and the smell.

Trees - redwoods, live oaks or blossoming fruit trees - are usually considered sturdy citizens of the sun-swept peninsula south of San Francisco, not criminal elements. But under a 1978 state law protecting homeowners' investment in rooftop solar panels, trees that impede solar panels' access to the sun can be deemed a nuisance and their owners fined up to $1,000 a day.

Correct me if I am wrong. Don't trees draw in and capture that deadly man-made CO2, that Al Gore has warned us about, storing it safely in their wood fiber? Don't they return valuable O2 to the environment? Don't they do this with the warm and fuzzy power of solar energy? Mr. solar panel's solar panels probably cost more to manufacture, using processes that use petroleum energy and resources, than they will pay back for years. And let's talk about energy. Do you think Mr. Solar panels solar panels are more efficient at converting solar energy than a design that nature has been tweaking and improving for billions of years?

To avoid future problems, Simitian has introduced a bill to ensure that trees planted before solar panels are installed have a right to grow in peace.

Wait a minute. What about these trees. Don't they have rights? This is California. Trees are people too.

The solar-redwoods dispute is unusual largely because it is a solar-panel owner who is mounting the challenge. Typically, solar-panel owners have to play defense.

And why should they not play defense? Look at that thing. It is the biggest eye-sore around. It is probably lowering the whole value of the neighborhood. It is an obnoxious billboard that spews the message: "Look at me! I am so conscious of the environment, I am willing to kill natural things in the environment to bring it to your attention!"

Treanor and Bissett said that after spending $37,000 on legal fees, they had no money left for an appeal. Last month, to comply with the order - even though Kumli said that he found it hard to call the trees a "nuisance" - the couple called the pruners.

Here's what I would do. By-pass the courts, they are useless Marxist tools. Go straight to the PR campaign. The neighbor with the trees should have called the Sierra club, and made a big eco-terrorist case for his floral friends. He could have sent the tree-huggers off to the corner with global warming crowd and let them duke it out, watching them burn off their booty on lawyers. It would be like putting a space heater and an air conditioner in the same small room, and challenging them to hold the temperature constant.

How Zen would that be?


Wyatt Earp said...

Frakkin' typical liberal nonsense. Buy land next to a pig farm, then complain about said pig farm.

The pig farmer should plant a tree in their skulls.

RT said...

Funny and crazy at the same time.

People are stupid and I'm really tired of the whiner hypocrites.

The Conservative UAW Guy said...


It never ends...

Insolublog said...

wyatt - Metaphors suck, don't they?

rt - It's too bad that stupid and crazy are becoming fashionable in the voting booth.

cug - Yeah. And like RT, I am getting tired of this creature triple feature.

DirtCrashr said...

Hell it's Sunnyvale, a downscale Cupertino wannabee, the first-home suburb of Silicon Valley Engineers where both Steve Jobs and Wozniak grew up - but the don't call it Sunnyvale for nothing - if you Google-map it I bet you could find it...,+Kensington+Dr&jsv=107&sll=37.399585,-122.079284&sspn=0.00652,0.007628&ie=UTF8&ll=37.34152,-121.999743&spn=0.000816,0.001695&t=h&z=20
Backing out there's a fair amount of solar on them roofs, but this asshole's array is bigger than everybody else's.

Insolublog said...

I see what you mean!

RT said...

What trees?

Ssssteve said...

They are like rabid dogs, when there is no one else to kill, they turn on themselves. Kinda cool to see them fight each other. now if only they would use real weapons.... maybe we could suggest a few!

Insolublog said...

Sure. The french had a mechanical tool that was quite efficient at silencing the elitist aristocracy of the French revolution. Hopefully it won't come to that.

Anonymous said...

Apparently it's more important to be obnoxiously self-righteous and smug than it is to actually preserve the ecology of the area.