Solar creating global warming: Nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) cap-and-trade anyone?

Just when you were trying to forget that production of polysilicon solar cells creates extremely toxic waste which is often dumped unabated into the environment of foreign lands, along comes the ironic news that nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) is far more prevalent in the atmosphere than previously estimated.

What's NF3? It's a greenhouse gas, 17,000 times more potent at global warming than carbon. It's created in the manufacturing of thin-film photovoltaic cells and plasma TVs, and it's increasing at about 11% per year.

Next time you're sitting around watching your plasma TV, powered by your thin-film PV cells, drinking beer and passing gas (methane, another greenhouse gas), turn the channel from the Discovery Channel program on global warming to CNBC. Maybe you'll see some news about a new NF3 cap-and-trade system coming.

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