Last week the AP reported “that the Interior Department plans to make available 190 million acres of federal land in a dozen Western states for development of geothermal energy projects -- a move that could produce enough electricity for 5 million homes.”
Geothermal energy is generated using extremely high temperatures from deep beneath the Earth’s surface. Only four states California, Nevada, Hawaii and Utah have geothermal power plants and geothermal energy accounts for less than one-half of a percent of our energy production. Hopefully this action by the Interior Department will increase that number dramatically.
Tonight, I'll be taking part in the Power Vote Webcast to college campuses across the country and I'd like to invite you to tune in.
The webcast will launch six days of Get-Out-The-Vote action, urging young people to make the climate crisis and clean energy a top priority in this election.
You can watch the webcast live on AlGore.com at 8:30PM Eastern (5:30 Pacific)
In one week Americans will go to the polls and elect our next President. Whoever wins, (and I certainly hope and believe it will be Barack Obama) must take immediate steps to deal with the climate crisis.
"As NASA climate scientist James Hansen recently stated, the next president and Congress 'must define a course next year in which the United States exerts leadership commensurate with our responsibility for the present dangerous situation.'
Otherwise, he said, it could soon become impossible to reduce the level of gases enough to prevent changes such as rising oceans and dying plant and animal species -- what Hansen called 'disastrous climate changes that spiral dynamically out of humanity's control.'"
The challenges we face are immense – a global economy in crisis, and two ongoing wars. However, the solution to the climate crisis will also help us solve the economic crisis by putting people to work in green jobs and stimulating the economy with the large investment necessary to convert our energy infrastructure to renewable energy.