Boom in solar panel construction causing explosion in release of this potent greenhouse gas that’s 17,000 times worse than CO2
For people who are constantly pointing towards “science” to make the case that carbon dioxide is destroying the planet, liberal environmentalists sure don’t know much about science.
While the only emissions we ever really hear about is CO2, new federal data shows that another much more potent greenhouse gas is on the rise – and it is one of the key ingredients in the construction of solar panels. (RELATED: Read about why solar panels are about to get a bit more affordable.)
Nitrogen Trifluoride (NF3) is a primary component in the manufacturing process of photovoltaic cells for solar panels. The emissions of NF3 are 17,200 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a period of 100 years. Statistically speaking, the United States saw a 1,057 percent increase in NF3 emissions over the course of 25 years, between 1990 and 2015, according to recent EPA data. By comparison, CO2 emissions increased by only 5% over the same period of time.
Ironically, the environmentalists in Washington DC who insist on subsidizing the construction of solar panels may actually be largely responsible for the spike in Nitrogen Trifluoride emissions over the past two and a half decades.