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So far, Humans have harnessed the strength of the sun, water, and wind to generate clean electricity. Now, it may be time to take advantage of the earth’s capacity to provide renewable power. An interdisciplinary panel from MIT estimated that the United States could potentially produce 100,000 megawatts of geothermal energy within the next 50 years.  The report estimates that 200,000 exajoules of energy could be captured from EGS (enhanced geothermal systems) by 2050 in the US alone – that’s roughly 2,000 times the total consumption of the country in 2005.

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  1. David Evans March 25, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    The article mentions costs, but fails to balance the REAL costs of carbon fuels, including the cost of displacing millions, perhaps hundreds of millions or more people and building flood protection systems to defend cities from rising seawaters, the costs of multi-trillion-dollar wars over carbon fuel regions and transport corridors, the costs of diseases migrating from tropical regions as the planet warms, and the costs of respiratory illnesses from burning carbon fuels. On balance, 24/7 geothermal energy is a deal.

  2. joe common January 22, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    i “could” get energy from plain water. water is the “loosest” most flexible molecule on the planet. it is subject to simple and common forces. prime with alt fuel then once started, you just need more water as fuel. it will produce electricity with a magnetic field, not oxidation/combustion. it doesnt take a genius. it just takes seeing relationships and a little creativity. its a russian thing.

  3. Andrew Planet August 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    If we find geothermal sources on Mars, along with the water we already know is there, then setting up low cost human settlements will be relatively easy.

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