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Solar Panel Technology Predicted To Make Solar Cheaper Than Coal By 2020

New developments are transforming the solar market, overtaking natural gas in a year, and cheap as dirt coal in eight.

When photovoltaic cells (the business end of the solar panel) were first proposed as an energy alternative, opponents dismissed them as far too expensive to be realistic. Supporters predicted advances in photovoltaic technology that would make them cheaper than traditional fossil fuels within a decade. Well, it took a bit longer than that (about twenty to thirty years longer), but it seems that the age of the solar panel has arrived. Recent improvements in technology have dramatically lowered the cost of solar energy, in addition to an increase in the expertise of people installing, operating, and maintaining them.

Sen. Jim Inhofe Accepts Challenge To Debate Global Warming

This will probably be one of the more entertaining political spectacles this year, and that's saying something.

Green party founder and activist Ralph Nader has issued a challenge to Sen. Jim Inholfe (R-OK), the most outspoken climate change denier in the U.S. Congress, to a public debate with Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), the former chairman of the House Select Committee on Global Warming. Inholfe accepted the challenge to debate Markey, saying that he welcomes the opportunity to debate the international “hoax”.

Senility: is it Old Age or just a Vitamin Deficiency?

"One of the culprits of vitamin B12 deficiency in elderly patients is the decline in stomach acid as we age."

Each year thousands of Americans are diagnosed with age-related senility or Alzheimer’s, professionals in the field of senility research are discovering that it might just be a lack of a certain vitamin that is causing middle aged and elderly patients to forget the people and things they have burned into their memories.

The Time is Now for an Energy Revolution!

Communities should strive to use natural resources for energy.

According to Chris Nelder, the current national grid with regards to energy support for our country would require well over a trillion dollars in infrastructure costs from now until the year 2030. It’s no doubt that the middle class (also known as: loyal American taxpayers) ideally contributes the biggest amount of support for the new infrastructure costs to avoid the grid from crumbling.

Stop the Humiliation and Physical Harm in School Bathroom Use

We’ve all seen the commercials for fiber supplements that claim we can all be regular each day. However, for most of us, this is simply not true. If you are drinking enough water (and most children aren’t, since they aren’t allowed to drink water from a fountain at will or to keep it at their desks), you probably have to pee a lot. As far as defecating, well, we all have to do it—and “holding” either of these body processes in, particularly when you have the small organs the size of a child’s rather than an adult’s, is not healthy. And it’s not compassionate to demand it of any child.

U.S. Sitting On Geothermal Jackpot

Google-funded university study reveals that a majority of the continental U.S. is on a wealth of geothermal energy sites.

The U.S. Department of Energy reports that American households spend, on average, about $2,000 a year on their energy needs. The lion’s share of that cost? Heating. In fact, 43% of our annual energy expenditures is simply on the heating of our homes and the water that we use. A byproduct of all of this residential and commercial heating is the EPA estimated 27,300 pounds of CO2 annually emitted into the atmosphere per home. Southern Methodist University’s Geothermal Laboratory has recently released a resource map, funded by Google, that shows that geothermal energy is a possibility almost everywhere in the continental United States. In fact, according to their report, the U.S. is sitting on almost 10 times the recoverable energy deposits from geothermal heating than what is available to the U.S. today in coal-produced energy.

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