If you are the Judge... who would you favor?...

@aseretdd (13709)
Philippines
January 30, 2008 11:01pm CST
This is a case of choosing not the lesser evil... but two that brings a lot of good to the environment... It is a battle between Solar Panels and Trees.... The owner of the Solar Panel petitioned for the cutting of his neighbor's 8 11 year old Redwood trees because they redure about 10% of the amount of electricity the panels can generate by blocking of sunlight... Trees do a lot of good but solar panels are good too... so if you are the judge... would you order the trees to be cut down... or judge in favor of the trees?... Here is the link to the story... http://cbs13.com/local/solar.panels.versus.2.641164.html
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@fake_you (391)
• Philippines
31 Jan 08
If I were the judge, I'd keep the trees instead of cutting them only for the sake of the solar panels. Well, yes, the solar panel is also useful, but they can be just moved to another place unlike the trees who can;t be cut and placed to another location. And in the first place, the trees came in there first, so they really deserve that space, and they also are helpful to the environment. They even were helpful to us even before the solar panel came into the world. They can't be just cut off to give space to the solar panel. The owner of the solar panel should've thought of the possible consequences of choosing that location. Therefore, he should just move the solar panel to a better location where it can't disturb anything or anyone else. He can't win in this case again't the trees!
@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
31 Jan 08
The solar panels actually won the case because the judge ordered two of the eight trees to be cut down... only because he wanted to be fair to both parties...seems that there is an existing law protecting or in favor of these solar panel... I feel sorry for those trees... i hope the owner's appeal will be favorable for them... thanks for the response...
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@fake_you (391)
• Philippines
31 Jan 08
aww.. too bad.. i'm really sad for those trees.. anyway, that judge probably didn't like having trees around. . he still can't win IF i'm the judge. ^_^
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@Darkwing (21588)
31 Jan 08
If I were the judge in this case, I would compromise. Since the trees are an asset to the environment, as well as solar panel heating, I would order the trees to just be cut back to a height where they would not interfere with the sunlight's access to the solar panels. I think then, both parties would be happy, as the solar panel owner would still get full sunlight, and the tree owner would still have his trees. Brightest Blessings.
@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
1 Feb 08
The judge actually thought that he made a compromise by deciding to cut down only two of the eight trees... i wonder why he did not think of just trimming all eight...well there is an appeal to the verdict and i hope that by that time... they will see the light... thanks for the response...
@Darkwing (21588)
1 Feb 08
I hope so too. Removing two of the trees will take away their beauty, whereas if they were trimmed back, and controlled to that height, they would all keep their grace.
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@palonghorn (5486)
• United States
31 Jan 08
First off, I would have a forester go out and take a look at the trees. Secondly I would try to decide if the trees could simply be trimmed back and not cut down, and still achieve the same effect. But, the guy who put in the solar panels should have done his homework before making that investment, like if he was going to be able to get enough sunlight to the panels.
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
1 Feb 08
Ordering the trimming the trees would have been a good decision... i just do not know why the judge did not think of that... instead... he ordered two of the eight trees to be cut down... i feel sorry for those two innocent trees... i hope the appeal will be in their favor...
• United States
31 Jan 08
Well that depends are the neighbor's trees on his property? If the neighbor has his own trees on his own property than I don't see how the guy with the solar panel can order them cut down. He should have better planned that out when he decided to put the solar panel where he did. There also might be a solution. Maybe the trees could be trimmed back a little to at least give him a little morelight. Another solution is moving the solar panel to another location. One more thing, what was there first, the trees or the panel? If the panel was there first than he might have a case against the trees.
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
1 Feb 08
Well, based on the news story... the trees were there first... but there is an existing law which is in favor of solar panels... so in order to appease all parties... the judge ordered to cut down only trees... which i think is unfair... since the trees were planted right in the property of the owner... so now he is appealing the decision of the judge... i hope it turns out positively for the doomed trees... thanks for the response...
@drannhh (15044)
• United States
31 Jan 08
Solar panels are wonderful, but in my view they are never a good enough reason to cut down somebody else's trees! Recently someone went out in the dark of night and cut down over 500 trees because he wanted a nicer view of the Las Vegas strip That is a heinous crime in my opinion. The judge and jury apparently agreed since he was sentenced to 5 years in jail: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-treeman15jan15,0,384315.story?coll=la-home-center A woman who hired a company to cut down 3 trees to improve her view of Lake Tahoe could get up to 10 years in prison. She ruined fewer trees, but they were on government property.
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
31 Jan 08
My goodness... how can anyone be that selfish... in my coutry... a person needs to ask permission from the Department of Natural Resources before he/she can cut down a tree...but sometimes that is overlooked since a lot of people still think that trees are worthless and a sight for sore eyes... I think the 5 year jail sentence is not enough... he should be ordered to replace those trees like 5 times the number that he cut down... thanks for the response...
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@AD11RGUY (1266)
• United States
31 Jan 08
As stupid as it might sound or look, I would judge that the trees be kept at a height that doesn't interfere with the solar panels. Really, the trees should be left alone since they were there first. The owner of the panels knew they were there and was somewhat foolish to install the panels in that location. Generally speaking, I would say "tough". But seeing as to how he does have a right to solar energy, the fairest compromise would be to trim the trees that affect his sunlight and leave the other trees alone. That solar law needs serious revamping. Like anything else, a review needs to be done BEFORE construction and the necessary ironing out should take place before hand between all parties involved.
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
31 Jan 08
I don't think your decision sound stupid... it would benefit the two parties involved... i am against the decision of the judge in cutting down 2 of the 8 trees... i think trees should have more rights considering the fact that they are also living organisms that greatly help the environment... you have a fair and good decision... just trim the trees... don't cut them down... thanks for the response...
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@nilouette (635)
• Philippines
16 Feb 08
In my opinion trees should never be compromised because they are living things too.
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
16 Feb 08
I very much agree with you... but a lot of people think differently since trees do not talk or walk around... so they think that tree should not be given the same rights as any creatures here on earth... but they are also alive... and should always come first rather than non living things... thanks for the response...
• United States
1 Feb 08
I would trim the trees. I think it only blocks 10% of the solar pannels that is not much. I am in favor of both.
@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
3 Feb 08
Most of those who responded agree that the trees should only be trimmed... and i agree... that is the best solution for this problem... with the trimming... both parties win... thanks for the response