There was an article on Barron's hysterically trying to insist solar panels will cause a food shortage in the US because we'd need 13 MEEEELLION ACRES to power the US entirely with solar.

A) Nobody is proposing seriously that we do that.
B) That's 0.5% of all land in the US.
C) The article focuses on farmland in Texas, conveniently ignoring that it's the fossil fuel industry building all these solar farms on our "rich agricultural heartland" most of which is used to raise cows, which we need to stop eating anyway.

Sorta like how all inflation stories act like everyone buys a new gas guzzling shitbox every year and eats steak for all three meals. A reasonable take is that high inflation hammers wage earners because it does but wage earners absolutely are not the audience for inflation crybaby articles.

@Dseitz Real quick, do you know how much US land is covered by parking lots?

If parking lots aren't causing food shortages, then solar won't either.


Hard to nail down a precise number (I see the USGS tool but haven't looked into it) but it looks like 5% of all urbanized land is nice flat graded land already permitted for structures that has no other use and could probably use a structure to help it capture and manage rainwater, sorry, parking lots.

@1dalm Don't even get me started on roofing. Once residential solar gets cheap enough that THIRTEEN MEEEEELLION ACRES shit is gonna look even more stupid than it already is.

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