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    General What is cryptocurrency and why does it matter? (2019) With Cryptocurrency launch, Facebook sets its path toward becoming an independent nation . (2019) Facebook’s Libra is part of a welcome trend (2019) Four reasons to be very cautious about the Libra (2019)

    America is having an unprecedented debate over reparations, What comes next?

    Vox, June 20, 2019: Recent months have touched off a renewed debate about what exactly is owed to the descendants of enslaved men and women after centuries of bondage and legalized discrimination. On Wednesday morning, that debate entered the halls of Congress as a small panel of academics, activists, and journalists, many of them the descendants of enslaved men and women, testified during a hearing on reparations. The hearing, conducted by the House

    Reparations Bibliography

    Updates Reparations are not enough.  Official racism lasted much longer  (6-24-19) There is no middle ground on reparations (6-18-19) Balancing the Ledger on Juneteenth (6-18-19) General Reparations for slavery debate in the US Are reparations due African Americans? Americans debate reparations for slavery Why we need to talk about reparations Reparations for slavery NPR: Slave Reparations Calculating Reparations — Provides an explanation how the total cost of unpaid labor is $50 trillion.


    Are plastic bans the right way to fight ocean pollution?

    General Marine plastic pollution (2019) A running list of plastic ban on ocean pollution (2019) Ocean plastic pollution (2019) Pro US needs a federal ban on marine plastic pollution (2019) UN calls for ban on plastic bags to save oceans and species (2019) 7 ways to reduce ocean plastic pollution (2019) EU agrees to ban throw away plastics (2019) Bahrain to ban plastic bags, starting in July (2019) Con Trudea’s


    Should all buildings be required to be outfitted with solar panels?

    Background California becomes first state to require solar panels on new homes (2019) Solar required in all new commercial buildings in Mass town (2019) New York passes a law requiring green roofs (2019) Mayers in 19 cities require buildings to be net zero by 2030 (2019) More cities now require solar panels for new buildings (2019) Pro Texas could increase solar power 10X by requiring builders to put solar panels


    Should government subsidize car companies that produce electric vehicles?

    General – Subsidies Electric Vehicles — Tax credits and other incentives (2019) The current state of electric vehicle subsidies (2019) Pro —  Electric Vehicles Good Why electric vehicles? UCS electric vehicles Yes, electric cars will be cheaper (2019) Pro — Government Subsidies Good Do electric vehicles need subsidies? (2018). Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are an important pathway for decarbonizing transportation and reducing petroleum dependence. Although one barrier to adoption is the higher purchase price, advocates suggest that fueland maintenance savings can make


    Do the benefits of using nuclear power outweigh the risks?

    Basic Background Nuclear energy works by capturing the energy produced by a nuclear reaction to generate heat that then turns turbines that generate electricity. The electricity is then delivered to consumers through the power grid. The nuclear reaction can be produced by nuclear fission, nuclear fusion, or nuclear decay. The Atomic Archive explains that, “When a nucleus fissions, it splits into several smaller fragments. These fragments, or fission products, are