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Daily Digest 12/16 - Good News Friday: Hopeful Images From 2016, Solar That's Cheaper Than Wind

Friday, December 16, 2016, 10:19 AM

This is Good News Friday, where we find some good economic, energy, and environmental news and share it with PP readers. Please send any positive news to [email protected] with subject header "Good News Friday." We will save and post weekly. Enjoy!

Economy

Hopeful Images From 2016 (jdargis)

While composing this, I was reminded of one of my favorite quotes from Mr. Rogers, who once said that when he was young and saw scary things in the news, “My mother would say to me ‘look for the helpers—you will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers—so many caring people in this world.”

The Best Weird And Wonderful Photos Of 2016 (jdargis)

Yes, it is that time of year again. That time of year when everyone starts making lists for you to enjoy.

American Radicals and the Change We Could Believe In (jdargis)

Each time I taught “The American Radical Tradition,” I concluded by predicting (with greater confidence at some times than others) the emergence of a new generation of American radicals. I reminded my students that radicalism has always been hard work. There is truth in Oscar Wilde’s witticism “The problem with socialism is that it takes up too many evenings.” But today, we live in a moment of opportunity. As Antonio Gramsci observed at the end of World War I, the old order is dying, but the new one cannot yet be born.

DeVry University Will Pay $100 Million for Students’ Loans and Tuition (jdargis)

The settlement stems from a January lawsuit alleging that DeVry falsely claimed that 90 percent of students seeking jobs in their field of study found them within six months of graduating. The trade commission also accused the school of falsely stating that graduates with bachelor’s degrees from DeVry earned 15 percent more, on average, than those who attended other colleges and universities.

The Conservative Plan to Tackle Poverty (jdargis)

These policies reflect Ryan’s view that moving more unemployed people into full-time jobs is the fastest way to get them out of poverty, and that there should be more of a financial incentive to work than to stay on welfare. He and his fellow Republicans also want the federal government to have a more limited role in providing these social services. Instead they want nonprofits and local governments to fulfill those roles.

World Energy Hits a Turning Point: Solar That's Cheaper Than Wind (jdargis)

This year has seen a remarkable run for solar power. Auctions, where private companies compete for massive contracts to provide electricity, established record after record for cheap solar power. It started with a contract in January to produce electricity for $64 per megawatt-hour in India; then a deal in August pegging $29.10 per megawatt hour in Chile. That’s record-cheap electricity—roughly half the price of competing coal power.

New tumor target strategy halts human cancer in up to 90% of mice (jdargis)

The researchers noted that these cells were producing a lot of CD36, which is commonly seen on the surface of metastatic cancer cells, including those that migrate to the lymph nodes. And lymph node metastasis is one of the most dangerous phases of cancer metastasis, because from there cancerous cells can easily move to other areas of the body.

Oregon Farmers Bet That Great Tea Can Be Grown In The US (jdargis)

Oregon Live has a little profile of Minto Island, the state’s first organic, commercial tea farm that began in the 1980s as a lark. But now, the current owners of the farm plan to expand to 15 or 20 acres, which would make it one of the country’s larger tea farms. (The Charleston Tea Plantation, the oldest tea farm in the US, has about 130 acres. Farms in India and China are often thousands of acres.) Currently Minto Island is experimenting with different varieties, roasting and steaming its black, green, and oolong varieties. It’s pricey; the company’s tea sells for nearly $20 an ounce. But the company claims its products offer a freshness you can’t find in something shipped overseas. Plus, you know, how cool is that? Domestic tea!

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