An article in today's Charlotte Observer points out that a company seeking to build three facilities in North Carolina, and receive taxpayer money to do so, actually may be doing more harm than good when it comes to the environment.
Under the guise of "green" energy, and as a result of 2007's SB 3 mandating renewable energy production, Fibrowatt, LLC hopes to burn chicken poop in three locations across NC to produce supposed clean energy.
One little problem:
arsenic, lung-damaging fine particles and pollutants that form smog,
according to preliminary state estimates and the company's one
operating plant, in Minnesota.
And counties are lining up to hand over tax dollars to this company. Surry County has committed $5.8 million in incentives to assist in the facility's construction. Montgomery County and the Town of Biscoe are pitching in $4.8 million. While Sampson County seems to be getting off easy by only having to pay $2.5 million in bribary money.
So the folly of SB 3's renewable energy mandate continues to haunt North Carolinians. This time, we're paying companies to poison us all in the name of being "green." Thanks, but no thanks.