I haven’t always agreed with Gen. Marvin Covault, and have said so previously here in The Pilot. But he’s right with his concerns about the amount of assets required to achieve energy independence.

Every time I pass one of those vast acreages converted into an array of solar panels I ask myself, “Why aren’t they 10 or so feet higher off the ground?” Their shadow on the ground beneath them seems to have little effect on the ability for grass to grow.

The whole world is going to eventually face food shortages, just based on population growth and habitat loss alone. In my humble opinion, cattle or other stock could be grazing, and with creative modification of farm implements, crops could be planted and cultivated.

Gary O. Ostlund, Pinehurst

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Conrad Meyer

Gary, interesting thoughts.

I can verify for a fact that some solar farms I have consulted with use livestock to keep the vegetation under the solar arrays under control. This is preferred over using herbicides to kill everything. That said I have seen both goats and lambs enjoying the vegetation. Then again, not all installations use this method to keep vegetation under control.

The bigger question is whether we as a country should continue to heavily subsidize the solar industry. Tax credits in the past were crazy high and we - the taxpayers - were handing big bucks to the site developers. I am more inclined to let the market drive the business cases with perhaps a minor tax incentive - but not the huge incentives enjoyed in the past.

Mark Hayes

The Real News Bias rating. So much for that interview. Extreme Left Left-Center Least Bias Right Center Right Extreme

ken leary

Dustin Mulvaney: Ph.D, Associate professor, Environmental Studies San Jose State University. It seemed to me that he had thought about his subject as though it were something to approach from a scientific viewpoint; rather than how much money can be made as quickly as possible. Not sure why that is "left." The Real News is an independent news organization. They are not owned and operated to "spoon feed" you propaganda as are the other six corporate owned behemoths.

ken leary

The General is rarely anything other the ALEC oriented. Dustin Mulvaney, "Solar Power" just did a two part interview on the Real News which addresses issues such as you mentioned. If the General and the extractive industries and the government (read taxpayer) supplements to oil, gas, etc., would get out of the way perhaps more progress such as you mention could be considered.

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