Is toxic waste Green?

Solyndra: the gift that just keeps on giving.

**From CBS San Francisco:

MILPITAS (CBS 5) — Three months ago, CBS 5 caught Solyndra tossing millions of dollars worth of brand new glass tubes used to make solar panels. Now the bankrupt solar firm, once touted as a symbol of green technology, may be trying to abandon toxic waste.

…next phase of the company’s liquidation is under way. It involves getting rid of all the heavy metals left inside the building that were used to make the panels.

The Fremont Fire Department’s Jay Swardenski oversees the cleanup. He said some materials, such as cadmium, are toxic, and hard to dispose of.

They don’t degrade at all, so we want to make sure we don’t allow these materials to get into the environment,” he said.

It’s not just the leftover hazardous materials, but also the machinery used to apply them to the glass tubes. “Certainly those tools will need to be decontaminated, cleaned up, handled correctly as they are taken apart,” he said.

CBS 5 found the building locked up, with no one around. At the back, a hazardous storage area was found. There were discarded buckets half filled with liquids and barrels labeled “hazardous waste.”

The building’s owner, a company called iStar, claimed in court documents, “there may be serious environmental, health and safety issues” at the premises. According to the documents, they include, “numerous containers of solvents and chemicals…and processing equipment contaminated with lead.”


Don’t forget, this is one of the many “investments” that President Genius made, bestowing upon the now-failed solar panel company a $500 million loan guarantee from the federal government.

It’s comforting to know that tax check I just wrote to the IRS is being spent so judiciously.

Suggestion: wouldn’t it make a dash more sense to not squander our tax dollars in such unproven ventures as Solyndra, have the government get out-of-the-way and simply let the free market figure out which companies will make it? Especially when those ventures are producing barrels full of toxic waste, while allegedly being a “green” alternative?

I guess when some folks were pointing out that such investments were a waste, they didn’t realize how right they were.

24 responses to “Is toxic waste Green?

  1. This is the price we pay with big government giving away money and the company caring little from whom it came from. Waste, Fraud and Abuse are the hallmarks of big government and social engineering.

  2. Hey, no one said there wouldn’t be a few speedbumps along the road to our green energy future…

    • Hey, Buckeye, if these little issues are “speedbumps”,
      then they are the HINDU KUSH of speedbumps…….

      Great to see you here, sir!

  3. C’mon now. No one said there wouldn’t be a few speed bumps along the road to our green energy future. Y’all will feel silly when the rest of us are riding our unicorns home from a solid day’s work at the renewable plant.

  4. Thanks! Sorry about the double post.

  5. Toxic waste is green? Is it made of people? DAMN! Where is Charlton Heston when you need him?

  6. justturnright

    Scary: ‘Queen’ and ’40s musicals’ in the same sentence?

    (Alex, I’ll take “Two subjects that you never see together” for $500).

    • The name of the category is Before and After and the reference is to “Annie” (the sun’ll come out tomorrow BET YOUR BOTTOM DOLLAR that tomorrow there’ll be sun) and “Annie, Get Your Gun.” I will explain grabbing your junk and Mr Murrow to you if you will explain Queen to me.

      • justturnright

        Queen’s Sheer Heart Attack album. Song: Bring Back That Leroy Brown. Lyric: “bet your bottom dollar bill you’re a playboy now”

        I just figured ‘Annie’ wasn’t eclectic enough…..?

        • I bet that dirty little redhead pulled a train for Queen when they were all on acid and tripping about huge dollar bills. Those weird trips come together in strange ways.

  7. Edward R Murrow was th father of modern broadcast journalism and it is common knowledge that he would curl into a fetal position daily for a mid-morning nap, holding his junk and hoping that the worms wouldn’t come.

    • justturnright

      His CV & his tagline: “Good Night, and Good Luck”, I knew.

      The fetal/junk thing: nope, that’s a new one to me.

      Live-n-learn, brotha.

      • Don’t you know what COMMON KNOWLEDGE is? LOL (whatever you say it is for the convenience of the argument). Did I say that out loud? Again, my subliminal capabilities are just coming into being. It’s like a magic trip. I used to be a magician. Impress your friends. Drink free all night, trick by trick. Look at my left hand, look at my left hand (I’ll be more flexible later, Mr Putin). “Everyone KNOWS the Republicans are waging a war against women” so look at my left hand and fight that while you have been distracted from the real issue of religious freedom…or rather, we have successfully distracted the ignorant public by saying, ‘LOOK AT HIM? MY LEFT HAND.'”

        And YES! South Park! Damn, i AM IMPRESSED. Your understanding of what is obvious is only exceeded by your apprehension of the unfathomably obscure. YOU ARE WELCOME! (worship me).

        When I was in high school I was obnoxious. Can you believe it? My Driver’s Education teacher ( a hideous woman) called her pop-quizes “quizzies.” One day, not realizing she was contending with a burgeoning wordsmith, she announce a surprise test.

        I asked, “If pop-quizes are ‘quizies,’ is this a teste?” She didn’t think it was funny.

        I am going to stretch your knowledge now.

        Press on in your good work. Do whatever is necessary. Just don’t do anything the good LORD wouldn’t do.

        Have fun with that one.

  8. Although now, instead of worms, they send drones. DUCK AND COVER! That will protect you from molten lava, too.

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