Monday, April 11, 2016

Education: Pros and Cons of Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Energy Advantages And Disadvantages (PlanetSave.com)

The advantages outweigh the disadvantages, especially if geothermal is compared with fossil fuels. 

Geothermal Mist, by PaweĊ‚ Krok, Lubawka, Poland
Geothermal energy’s main advantages are that it is generated cleanly and renewably. That is, electricity produced by geothermal plants produces no carbon emissions or air pollution like burning coal, gas, and oil do.

Of course, producing clean electricity is better for human health and the environment because of the lack of air pollution. Millions of human deaths occur each year from air pollution. In fact, in 2012 the World Health Organization found that an estimated 7 million died in that year from it. Air pollution also negatively impacts wildlife, including fish.

Geothermal energy technology can be built at the utility-scale and it can be installed in structures like homes and businesses. For both applications, geothermal energy is available constantly, unlike solar and wind power.

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