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About "Rare Earth (NEG)"
Rare Earth elements are vital to industrial, national defense, and alternative energy technologies. China mines and sells a large percentage of the world supply, leading to fear that they could cut the supply and harm the US economy and our ability to implement renewable energy systems. AFF plan passes a bill to fund research on how to extract rare earth materials from coal and coal-waste byproducts (like the sludge that comes out of coal-fired power plants). The biggest problem is that the federal government already has more than 30 projects already doing this very same thing. So there’s nothing being reformed (Topicality) and if this technology works, Status Quo will solve (Inherency).
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Coach Vance debated in National Forensic League debate while in high school from 1979-1982. In college, he judged at high school NFL tournaments in North Carolina. A homeschooling dad himself, he realized the growing potential and benefit of homeschool debate and switched over to coaching homeschoolers a couple years later. In 2001, he helped Chris Jeub with bringing The Blue Book to a more advanced level. He has been co-authoring Blue Book ever since.