Last updated on: 7/30/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Geothermal Education Office Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“Imagine this. The year is 2030 A.D. Renewable energy sources are supplying over 50% of the United States’ energy needs. Total energy use has decreased dramatically from its exorbitant 1990’s level. Multi-megawatt windfarms, solar thermal farms and biomass plants dot the landscape. Biofuels and solar-derived hydrogen make many of our cars, trains and buses go. Photovoltaic energy technology is converting sunlight directly into electricity in remote locations. Hydropower continues to provide electricity using such technology as run-of-the-river facilities which don’t need huge dams. High-temperature and direct-use geothermal energy are household words; and geothermal heat pumps warm homes everywhere.

Is this a futuristic dreamscape? No, it is part of the sustainable energy forecast of many energy experts who are encouraging major state and federal policy shifts in order to make the above scenario a reality. The concepts of the sustainable energy strategy-combining energy conservation, environmental protection, and the use of ‘renewable’ resources-are becoming integral to plans for wise energy use. In fact, many of these ideas are no longer dreams for the future. They are being put into motion today by leaders who want to see a cleaner, brighter tomorrow.”

“A Sustainable Energy Future – Dream or Reality,” www.geothermal.marin.org (accessed July 23, 2009)

Description:

“The Geothermal Education Office (GEO) produces and distributes educational materials about geothermal energy to schools, energy/environmental educators, libraries, industry, and the public. GEO collaborates frequently with education and energy organizations with common goals, and, through its website, responds to requests and questions from around the world.”

“About GEO,” www.geothermal.marin.org (accessed July 23, 2009)

Mission:

“To promote public understanding about geothermal resources and its importance in providing clean sustainable energy while protecting our environment.”

“About GEO,” www.geothermal.marin.org (accessed July 23, 2009)

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