Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Canada: Famous Environmental Activist Argues for Geothermal Energy

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In the midst of controversy over B.C.’s Peace River Site C dam project, the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA) released a study showing the province could get the same amount of energy more affordably from geothermal sources for about half the construction costs.

Unlike Site C, geothermal wouldn’t require massive transmission upgrades, would be less environmentally disruptive, and would create more jobs throughout the province rather than just in one area.

Despite the many benefits of geothermal, Canada is the only “Pacific Ring of Fire” country that doesn’t use it for commercial-scale energy. According to the Desmog Blog: “New Zealand, Indonesia, the Philippines, the United States, and Mexico all have commercial geothermal plants.”