Geothermal Energy in America

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Sitting under the western half of the United States is a natural source of energy generated by the heat within the earth itself. When the energy crisis of the 1970’s took place, the government began funding programs to develop methods that would turn the heat produced from geothermal activity into a tangible source of power. The use of geothermal energy offers a safer alternative to nuclear power and lessens America’s dependence on foreign sources. As a renewable resource, geothermal energy would offer a stepping stone into lowering the impact Americans left on the environment but would also allow them to continue the use of the luxuries they had become so accustomed to having. The increase in prices to heat and cool homes using the traditional forms of energy would help gain support from the public and focus more resources to not only geothermal but other alternative forms of clean energy. Used outside of the home, geothermal energy would offer agricultural and industrial benefits that could not be utilized by the use of traditional forms of energy such as the burning of fossil fuels. Geothermal energy is still a newer form of energy and it would take time for America to transition into using it as a mainstream source for power. The shift to geothermal energy could not take place, however, without the proper legislation to give funding and zoning regulations to allow for excavation in areas that harbor an adequate source of heat for conversion into energy. Geothermal energy would not become the favored child of the American government and would have to follow laws put into place by state and federal governments and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The United States government has been slow in developing geothermal e... ... middle of paper ... ... development of diverse areas that contain geothermal hotspots. Design incorporated into buildings helped to diminish environmental impact and kept plants within regulations of the federal government. The low environment impact and the limitation of noise and obnoxious odors has retained a favorable position for geothermal energy with the public. A versatile source of energy, geothermal can decrease fossil fuel use in America lowering the financial and military strain put on the country due to its need to protect its interest with foreign and often hostile governments. Taken from the Earth itself, geothermal heat will offer an almost endless supply of energy with a minimal disruption of the environment. Still early in its development, geothermal energy is quickly becoming a competitor as an industrial form of energy finding its niche in the America energy community.

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