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Geo-thermal energy

Discussion in 'News' started by John Birch, Dec 11, 2005.

  1. John Birch

    John Birch Member

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    I saw a short segment about geothermal energy during a documentary a few weeks ago and since then I've been doing alot of thinking on it. I typed the term into google and came to the US Dept. of Energy's website on it:

    Geothermal Energy Basics

    Basically the idea is that the earth's heat below the crust is more than suitable to meet all our energy needs for billions of years. It won't run out until the earth burns out or the sun explodes.


    The basic problem right now is how to tap this resource. but it seems energy companies aren't willing to explore developing technology to tap this resource, essentially beacuse it is an "infinite" resource and hence not very profitable esp after the investment to develop it...


    My idea is that we should look at areas that have alot of volcanoes since this is where the heat of the earth comes closest to the surface and where we can learn to develop preliminary technology to tap this.


    The United States was once and maybe still is the true master of developing technology. We perfected mining, nuclear energy, put men on the moon and invented the internet.

    It seems like this is something we as a nation should undertake. It would be great for our economy and the world economy. Yeah we would lose some jobs as we switched technology, but shit, I don't see anyone complaining about whalers or candlestick makers or rope walkers going out of business...



    so what are you guys ideas on this? If I was rich, this is something I would want to invest in...
     
  2. villain

    villain Veteran Member

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    Geothermal energy is the shiiiiiit....
    Too bad there's no money in it. We need like a nonprofit scientific foundation that can take donations for all of these noble causes.
     
  3. Dawood

    Dawood Elite Member

    Joined: May 8, 2002 Messages: 4,677 Likes Received: 146
    WHAT?? let's all pitch in... I got 5 on it. Spread the word , pitch in 5 beans per head. Do the math, get the gear. BAM...free light bills for everybody. I'll start the collection PM me for a P.O Box to send the cash.

    peace.


    Dawood
    CEO of the
    Geothermal energy trust fund
    for free light bills.
    www.geothermaltrustfund.com
     
  4. villain

    villain Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 12, 2002 Messages: 5,190 Likes Received: 2
    funny funny...
    it would be nice if that actually happened though.
    who can make this shit happen? hmm...
    maybe we can get bruce sterling to start it up or something...
     
  5. Herbivore

    Herbivore Senior Member

    Joined: Oct 12, 2004 Messages: 1,431 Likes Received: 1
    There are quite a few resources of energy available naturally that aren't being utilized for the sole reason that it wouldn't make anyone money. I remember hearing something about there being enough carbon in the reefs of some areas of ocean to provde enough power to run the world.

    Also, Nikolai Tesla, an inventor around the time of Edison, claimed that there was enough electical energy in the Earth's ionosphere to power the entire Earth if the proper harnessing towers were constructed. Needless to say, that proposal was thrown out when fuel companies got word of it.
     
  6. T.T Boy

    T.T Boy Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 18, 2001 Messages: 21,803 Likes Received: 40
    there are so many free energy sources on earth that we havent utilized properly. wind power, tidal energy, geothermal, solar...
     
  7. Dawood

    Dawood Elite Member

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    yeah, solar power is a good option for people who own a house and have a little cheeze to set it up.
     
  8. John Birch

    John Birch Member

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    Yeah we won't see it in our lifetimes, but I bet it will be a reality someday...
     
  9. Gat Bush

    Gat Bush Veteran Member

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    ^^^ not if big buisness can help it!
     
  10. ODS-1

    ODS-1 Elite Member

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    Wait. So where talking about drilling 100 mile deep holes into the ground?
    That won't cause any earthquakes.
     
  11. Tyler Durden

    Tyler Durden Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 18, 2001 Messages: 5,263 Likes Received: 40


    ......Are you serious?
    Big-oil will never let a viable alternative energy source come into being, unless:

    1) It's more profitable for them than oil.
    2) They're the ones benefitting.
     
  12. ODS-1

    ODS-1 Elite Member

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    Point out to me where I talked about big oil.
     
  13. John Birch

    John Birch Member

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    I study geology alot as a hobby and professionally for work related shit. I don't think a little narrow round hole in the ground will cause earthquakes. My idea though was to drill holes into volcanoes, which might cause problems, but hey lets invest our (when I mean ours I mean our GNP) profits into finding out this shit and building the new economy than wasting money trying to keep the old economy alive. It would create more jobs and profits in the LONG run I think...but thats the problemo right there. Most companies only think about short term income and profits, namely 2-5 years... which is why all our national economy is going to India and China. To maintain ourselves as the international leader we need to create the new economy, which we somewhat started with the computer and internet/information economy...and we now do with the new energy industry...
     
  14. ASER1NE

    ASER1NE Veteran Member

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    I bet that time will be after we've devastated the majority of the earths resources...
     
  15. Tyler Durden

    Tyler Durden Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 18, 2001 Messages: 5,263 Likes Received: 40

    I was talking about the idea of 100 mile deep holes triggering earthquakes, I should have spaced things differently.
     
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