Letter didn't make it to publication:
A Star in a Bottle: "An audacious plan to
create a new energy source could save the planet from catastrophe.
But time is running out."
Why "create a new energy source" when
all the carbon-free energy we could ever use is already in a
bottle right beneath our feet? Instead of donating $40 billion
every year to the fossil fuel industrial complex, how about
investing in the enormous store of heat less than 10 miles from
anywhere on Earth -- straight down?
In a couple of decades, that
investment in geothermal heat could "generate power with no
carbon, virtually no pollution, and" no radioactive waste. It
would also eliminate the significant and forgotten environmental
impacts of fossil fuel and nuclear power externalities -- mine,
refine, store, transport, burn, waste disposal.
generation has been around for a century. Deep geothermal
generates three percent of our electricity now. Let's focus on how
to do it better, anywhere -- less expensively, less exotically and
with much less risk than with fusion. Academic studies by the Department of Energy and engineering sch and actual practice have validated the
promise of geothermal many times over.
Re: Raffi Khatchadourian, "A Star in a Bottle", New Yorker Magazine,
May 3, 2014
see also http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/u/Vane