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Letter: Don’t cut trees for solar farm

This massive solar farm, hard at work on

This massive solar farm, hard at work on April 4, 2015, sits along Edwards Avenue in Calverton. Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

I have to comment on the absurdity of Suffolk County’s tentative plan to cut down 44 acres of woods for a solar farm [“Suffolk going solar,” News, Nov. 23].

Trees consume carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. Solar technology produces electricity without emitting carbon dioxide. By cutting down forests to build solar facilities, do we attain a net improvement of zero for our environment?

Trees plus solar would certainly yield a gain! Please construct solar farms on open spaces; they are readily available. Then our forests can continue to help the environment.

Mark Hobson, Riverhead