“”Saving Greene” may seem like an unlikely name for a group opposed to green energy in the form of solar farms. (“Concerns are flaring up over solar farm proposals,” Jan. 26)
But the “Greene” being referred to here is the county, which was named after Revolutionary War general Nathanael Greene, Quaker and guerilla fighter.
That contradiction illuminates the contradiction facing residents of rural New York: their desire to keep nature as it is leads them to oppose measures that will lessen climate change and therefore keep nature as it is.
Perhaps Greene’s life illustrates a way through this contradiction. Just as he had to compromise on his Quaker principles to fight, those concerned about the effect of solar farms on their landscape might tolerate them if they came with certain stipulations. Developers should construct berms or plant natural barriers to shield solar arrays from view and take responsibility for removing or updating the panels.”
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Burton, Helen. Letter to the Editor Albany Times Union 8 February 2020.