U.S. geothermal energy resources are enough to power the entire U.S. for 30,000 years.

Posted on December 4, 2007. Filed under: Uncategorized |

TreeHugger – “Finding Geothermal Energy Just Got Easy“.

The ground beneath your feet contains energy, vast sums of energy. It has been estimated that in the U.S. alone the geothermal energy resources are enough to power the entire U.S. for 30,000 years. Yet, there are serious questions about geothermal energy development. It has been named the ‘poor cousin’ of renewable energy: likely because it is mining a finite resource and there is the little issue of causing earthquakes. Yet it is also a non-polluting, constant source of energy that is readily available using todays technology.

No matter if you decide it is a good option or not, one outstanding problem with geothermal energy is that it can actually be tricky to find. Sure, we have ‘heat’ maps like the one shown below (the fold), but the only surefire way to tell if geothermal energy sources are easily available is to drill, which can be an expensive endeavor. Now scientists have found an easy way to tell if geothermal energy could be bubbling up in your neck of the woods. …

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