This is another case where we should really put the petal to the metal and
develop these and every other domestic source of energy, like our lives depend
on it.They very well may.
If the enviro-radicals get their way, there sure won't be enough energy to bake
cake.Geothermal, as much as I love the concept, will not be
"competetive" till our energy costs have tripled. Yellowstone is off
the table, of course. But, that is the one place where it might be reasonable
economically. You enviro-extremists might begin to think what levels
of misery your energy and global warming policies might force on your fellow
Americans if we go from recession to depression. Your extremism is demonstrable
and was indirectly characterized by Scott Matheson senior as being "...Out of
balance!"Oh, and you all need a lot more economics, math, and
science, particularly physics, classes so you can tell crap from shinola in
technical policy areas.Your extremism and ignorance may prove deadly
to your fellow Americans, all too soon. P.S. Good comment, Thinkin'
Where is Robert Redford? Drilling for geothermal energy "scars" the land every
bit as much as drilling for oil or natural gas (which isn't very much).Geothermal energy is a great idea. The problem is, hot enough, large enough
resources are very rare and difficult to find.
First, the Yellowstone thing is a dumb idea. Some things are priceless and the
decision about in perpetuity has already been made there.Second, if we, as
a nation, had been collectively smarter way back in the 1980's then we would
already have tapped into geothermal energy in a big way. I know where I put
most of the blame for the fact that we didn't (think national elected official)
but that is water-under-the-bridge and he is dead now. Starting now, we need to
make up for lost time. That includes development of the resources and the
technologies. Having said that, it still needs to be done in a smart,
environmentally sensitive way. It can be, but stupid things get done in the
name of expediency.
Sorry, but several environmental groups are concerned about the impacts such
energy development, including new power lines, would have on the environment, so
they will drag it out in the courts to the point that it won't be feasible. So,
we will have to rely on foreign oil for that much longer. Good to read that the
Sierra Club might take a realistic stance.
finally we are getting serious about using geothermal the cleanest, least
problematic and most reliable type of energy.Might I suggest that
even in Yellowstone we consider development, in a way that has low
visibility.I read a study that geothermal potential in Yellowstone
is enough to displace 35 or 2billion watt power plants, this is 35 large scale
coal or nuclear power plants that we would have to have otherwise.