Time to Increase Production of Alternative Energy Fuels Part 2

posted by Jael Ever @ 11:47 AM
April 5, 2011

When most Americans think about energy sources, ideas are usually limited to oil and gas. However, for decades officials have been aware of other energy sources. And in the past few years, concepts of solar and wind power entered everyday vocabularies. Yet there are other energy sources that are easy to obtain, usually less expensive and more commonly available. These include obtaining energy from geothermal and biomass sources, in addition to wind and sun power.

While the United States does have geothermal plants, that source has been barely tapped. As the word combination indicates, this energy is taken from heated places under the earth, such as decaying minerals, volcanic movement, or naturally stored sun-heated soil. Geothermal energy is presently produced from 77 power plants in the U.S., but there could be many more plants. The U.S. generates some 15 billion kilowatt hours of geothermal power each year. That same amount of energy would need 25 million barrels of oil, or six million tons of coal every year

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 gives eligibility for full federal tax credit to geothermal energy, as well as to wind, solar and biomass energy methods. Moreover, unlike wind and solar power energy methods, geothermal is not dependent on weather patterns. Moreover, the Geothermal Energy Association insists that building geothermal plants, as well as plant operational costs, are less expensive than oil or gas usage. The group claims geothermal energy would be a price stabilizer, offsetting the cost of volatile fossil fuels. Also, geothermal energy does not need non-plant or outside fuels to operate. This is important when one considers that the lack of electricity hampered immediate repair of Japanese nuclear power plants in the recent and still ongoing nuclear disaster there.

Digging for coal is toxic to the atmosphere and dangerous to workers; and sources of oil are drying up. As proven recently in Florida, efforts by oil companies to drill into ocean undergrounds can be catastrophic to ocean life, and to workers dependent on ocean foods for income. As this site’s series, as well as well-covered news sources, more than prove the risks of coal and nuclear power sources and of fracking for natural gas. Obviously, it is past time for this nation to push forward on the production of other alternative sources of fuel.In the last blog, we mentioned the need for wisdom. Job 28, verses 12 and 20, asks “But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding.” The first nine chapters of the Book of Proverbs posits that Wisdom is a female attribute of God, and that she is crying out for believers to seek her ways of finding God’s knowledge. Believer’s must dig out Christian prayer books and entreat Our Savior for wisdom about earth’s energy sources. If there was ever a time to pray for such wisdom, the time is now!

resources much more expensive and harder to find.

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