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One element that is featured in The Green Walkabout at the Orr Cottage is the use of Geothermal. Following are two links to articles printed in the USA Today on the use of Geothermal.

Push for geothermal juice picks up steam
by Paul Davidson, USA TODAY
There’s good reason one of the nation’s most promising renewable energies is the industry’s best-kept secret: It’s buried miles under the surface of the Earth.

Yet geothermal energy, which taps the Earth’s natural heat to generate electricity, is making a big comeback after a decade-long lull. And a recent MIT-led report says geothermal could supply at least 10% of U.S. power by 2050, rivaling nuclear and hydropower, if afforded a $1 billion research investment over the next 15 years. [click on the title to read the entire article]
Study: Geothermal energy could meet large part of U.S. power need


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The nation could generate a large part of the electricity it will need in the future by tapping the enormous amounts of heat energy locked up in hard rock below the earth’s surface, a new Massachusetts Institute of Technology-led study indicated Monday.

Heat mining could supply energy at competitive prices and with minimal environmental impact, according to the 400-page report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy to assess the value of continuing to fund geothermal energy study. [click on the title to read the entire article]

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