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The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Geothermal

Aug 9, 2008
When you take a look at geothermal energy you might think that it is the answer to our prayers. It harnesses the energy that is in the earth to keep us warm in the coldest months and also gives us a cool retreat in the summer. The energy can also be used to produce energy for other purposes as well. The advantages of using geothermal energy are many, but there are some considerations that must be made before we all jump on the bandwagon.

When geothermal energy is used in the right way, it will provide us with energy and eliminate the harmful pollution that comes from other energy sources. Geothermal is also a self containing system. When it is used with power generators and turbines there is virtually no other work that is required. The plants will not use valuable land space and can provide a great deal of energy. Geothermal energy is certainly something that should be explored as an option to the oil that we are currently using. Becoming oil independent should be at the top of our lists of priorities for our country.

However, if geothermal energy is not pursued in the proper way, it will produce pollution. Typically this is caused by the drilling methods that are used. The drilling can cause gasses and minerals that are harmful to be sent out into the environment. Geothermal sites that use the energy that is taken from steam and hot rocks have the potential to run out of energy. There should be more research into these problems before the issue of geothermal energy is laid to rest. With extensive research and different techniques it is possible that we can find a way around these obstacles.

We need to pay attention to those who voice problems with geothermal energy. It is only with healthy debate that we can predict the issues that are sure to arise. Skeptics are an important part of healthy debate. When we listen to both sides of an issue, we will be able to find ways to solve the problems before they are even encountered.

There are currently some problems that geothermal energy must resolve before it becomes the answer to our problems. It is a step in the right direction, however. The only way that we will find methods that will work on our current energy problems is to investigate all of the possibilities and put them to the test with critics and skeptics.
About the Author
Joshua Drew is a Energy Guru. While he isn't playing around with the newest of Energy gadgets, he can be seen at his local college taking English courses.
Find more information on his website at Geothermal Heat Pumps
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