Legacy environmentalists thwarting geothermal energy exploration

Legacy environmentalists thwarting geothermal energy exploration

 

“Geothermal technology harnesses energy from heat stored below Earth’s crust. Proponents say it could meet a major share of U.S. energy needs within the decade. But green groups have quietly lobbied against geothermal solutions, saying they weaken federal environmental protection standards. Rep. Russ Fulcher (R., Idaho) and Sen. Jim Risch (R., Idaho) on Thursday introduced a bill that would make it easier for geothermal drilling projects to explore federal land. An earlier version of that bill was quietly shot down by Democrats. Sources say Democratic lawmakers privately supported the bill but feared their public support would lead to pushback from green groups.” — Washington Free Beacon’s Santi Ruiz

In Episode 215 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses recent lectures, videos, and news stories listeners may have overlooked. Today, she previews Episode 6 of her Conservation Nation video series on fracking and discusses a new bill to make geothermal energy exploration more feasible.  

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SHOW NOTES 

VIDEO: “Conservation is Conservative” Webinar 

CN EP 6: Drilling Into the Truth About Fracking, Part I 

Washington Free Beacon Article

Fulcher, Risch “The Enhancing Geothermal Production on Federal Lands Act” Bill

 

Photo Credit: Gabriella Hoffman / Yellowstone National Park – 08.18.2021

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September 27, 2021 at 11:06AM

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