Perspective is something one gains from understanding a diverse range of views. Unfortunately, forests and their potential for energy is something most people, particularly Americans, have a very narrow perspective of. Fully 75% of the U.S. population lives in major urban areas which are generally void of all forests. Yes, there are trees, but the role of forests in the survival and advancement of humans, as well as their potential for future advancements goes largely unmentioned in this nation.Add a comment
The most direct way to reduce our dependency on foreign oil is to simply use less of it, starting with the cars and trucks we drive. Nearly 70 percent of our oil use is for transportation, and more than 65 percent of that amount is for personal vehicles...energy independence means changing how we power our cars and trucks from foreign oil to new American-made fuels and batteries.
“We will continue to need high-energy-density fuels for years to come. But we can develop new liquid biofuels that will be direct replacements for gasoline and diesel fuel. These will be next-generation biofuels made from high-energy grasses such as miscanthus and from agricultural wastes. In 2005 the Oak Ridge National Laboratory outlined an achievable strategy (known as the "Billion Ton" study) for using biomass to replace 30 percent of our transportation fuels, and the science has advanced since then. When we have new biofuels that can be blended at any level with gasoline and that are safe for both engines and the environment, the importance of oil as a strategic resource will plummet.” ~ Nobel physicist Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Energy
What Is Geothermal Energy? Geothermal energy is the natural heat of the Earth, which is transferred from the hot core of the planet to the much cooler surface by conduction of heat through rocks. It is this same heat that produces the molten lava, hot ash and gases that we see spewing from an erupting volcano. Geothermal energy can be harnessed by modern technology and brought to the surface as steam or hot water and converted to electricity.Add a comment