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Clean energy on a smart grid

Advancements in clean energy—particularly wind and solar energy—are quickly approaching a tipping point. It won’t be long before wind and solar will be able to compete directly with traditional forms of power generation without the need for subsidies. And when that happens, there will be a sweeping change in Western culture.

As soon as clean energy is economically competitive with (not cheaper; just competitive with) traditional energy, it just won’t make sense anymore to use coal power on anywhere near the scale we do today. To make coal more palatable, government and industry will combine to clean up coal power plant emissions somewhat to continue to provide a solid base load of electricity. But this will, naturally, raise the cost of coal power and narrow the cost gap even further with cleaner energy forms—particularly natural gas.
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How Medicare destroyed America… right?

Time, Aug '65—Johnson's Great Society
Time, Aug '65—Johnson's Great Society

Medicare and Medicaid were introduced in middle of the Johnson administration, much to the angry protest of conservatives at the time. A trip thru Time magazine’s archives shows that they called them a handout; they called them socialism; they called them government interference in private health matters.

Sound familiar? All these things are being said about the Obama administration’s universal health care plan. Only add to that the panicked cry of Republican stooges saying that Obama’s plan will kill your grandma.
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