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January 10, 2010

The price of solar photovoltaic energy in the United States has come down in the past 10 years, but it's still way too expensive for most people—about 30 cents per kilowatt hour. Electricity on average in the U.S. is about 10 cents per kilowatt-hour (residential is about 12 cents, on average).

In China, where a boom in solar panel construction is starting, the kilowatt-hour price of electricity from solar power "has fallen from roughly 59 cents a kilowatt hour to 16 cents, according to The [New York] Times’s...

Against Keeping Chickens - Desktop chicken

On my chest of drawers sits a stuffed chick. My daughter gave it to me to fulfill my desire to keep chickens, because my family has urged me not to take this on. The realities of raising actual chicks to laying hens would require starting with 40 or so chicks, cooking them mash every day, securing shelter from foxes, raccoons, and coyotes, shoveling up manure and cleaning the bedding. I eat eggs and like them, but I would have to accept the facts of raising hens. For one thing, they might peck at their own droppings, so one should put some kind of mesh in the right place in the coop. Every...

December 31, 2009
People Using Less Oil - k8247-15i

The New York Times's Jad Mouawad has reported that despite fears that the United States would need more oil refineries, people are using so much less oil now than they were only two years ago that refineries have shut down in Delaware, New Jersey, California, and New Mexico.

"Gasoline demand, which many analysts had long expected to keep rising for decades, is down sharply in the recession. And refiners are increasingly convinced that even after the economy recovers, demand will not grow much in coming years because of the rise of alternative fuel supplies and the advent...

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