America’s Natural Lands Key Locations in Perfecting Process of Harnessing Geothermal for Electricity Generation
Posted Sep 09 2008 2:10am
Power to the People
Last month, I told you about Defenders of Wildlife’s wonderful Your Lands, Your Wildlife initiative. One of its main goals is to help
spread the word that many wonderful experiences occur on America’s natural lands
every day so that more people will patronize them and so that the government of
the United States will provide adequately for their maintenance and expansion.
Communing with nature is very important in combating natural deficit disorder but America’s natural lands are playing an
increasingly important role in harnessing geothermal for electricity generation.
That’s right. As of this writing, America’s natural lands comprise half of the real estate used for electricity generation from geothermal energy in the
During the middle of the summer of 2008, several new or expanded projects in
Nevada and New Mexico were announced which point to the bright promise of
harnessing geothermal for electricity generation. One of the key lessons which
this green energy technology can teach us is that, at the macro level, we really
only have 2 truly renewable sources: the Earth and the sun.
Solar power comes directly from the sun. Wind power comes from the intersection
of solar and terrestrial energy – the Earth’s core maintains an electromagnetic
field around the planet which keeps the atmosphere from escaping into space and
the heat from the sun causes the atmosphere to spin in all directions, giving us
wind. All of the other sources come from those two.
Hydroelectric power occurs because the sun causes evaporation of the oceans
which falls on the surface as rain which is transported by the wind. Biofuels
come from agricultural crops which would not exist without the Earth and the
sun. Well, you get the point.
So, if the planet is half of the equation in providing truly green sources of
energy, it is appropriate that they should play a vital role in harnessing
geothermal for electricity generation. That’s what I call fomenting the triple bottom line.