President Bush keeps harping on how we need to develop alternative energy sources so we can stop being dependent on oil from hostile foreign countries, but if that’s true then why is his administration trying to eliminate funds for geothermal research?
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Bush administration wants to eliminate federal support for geothermal power just as many U.S. states are looking to cut greenhouse gas emissions and raise renewable power output.
The move has angered scientists who say there is enough hot water underground to meet all U.S. electricity needs without greenhouse gas emissions.
“The Department of Energy has not requested funds for geothermal research in our fiscal-year 2008 budget,” said Christina Kielich, a spokeswoman for the Department of Energy. “Geothermal is a mature technology. Our focus is on breakthrough energy research and development.”
Wait a minute, what? It’s a mature technology so they don’t want to fund it? Then what about this bullshit here:
The administration of George W. Bush has made renewable energy a priority as it seeks to wean the United States off foreign oil, but it emphasizes use of biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel for vehicles and nuclear research for electricity.
Last I checked both biodiesel and nuclear power were both mature technology as well. For that matter I believe use of both is more widespread than geothermal as well. So what’s this bullshit about it not needing anymore funding because it’s already mature?
Leland “Roy” Mink, who until last October was geothermal program director at the DOE, said he thinks the White House’s waning interest in geothermal is a mistake. He said he left the DOE when he saw the Department was cutting funding.
“It’s far from a mature technology,” said Mink, who is now working on a geothermal project in Idaho. “There’s a lot to do. For starters, we need to develop drill bits that last longer. It’s a hostile environment down there.”
Bush’s administration is once again paying lip service to the idea of being committed to developing alternative energy while not really doing much of anything to solve the problem.