07/12/2013 by syrbal-labrys
Iceland must be special. Even more special than we thought, perhaps. After all, they arrested criminally greedy bankers and got their economy going right again. And they use geothermal energy there…. a lot! And apparently, the way Iceland uses geothermal energy is the better way. They are not having the same degree of seismic activity caused by geothermal energy use as other places. In California, they take hot water out of the earth…make it into steam to turn turbines to produce power, then put the rest of the cooled-to-liquid-again water BACK into the earth. Obviously, some is lost, and now it is believed that is causing increased earthquake activity!
So, gee…taking fluid reserves OUT of the earth upsets the balance and causes quakes? What does/should that remind us of, eh? What about taking OTHER things liquid out of the earth? Say like oil? As in FRACKING, where they pump gods-know-what mixture of crap IN to force the oil OUT? And who knows whether the volumes match, right? The extraction net difference seems to be what sets seismic waves a-going. But then, I imagine the oil people, screaming “Jobs, jobs, jobs!” will deny all evidence, right along with the climate change denying bozos. And gee, we were all rather hoping that earthquake generation was merely a James Bond movie plot, right?
Sometimes, I wonder if those “Gaia” types insisting we humans are a plague on the planet don’t have a point. I particularly wonder when I drive through a city in the wee hours looking at all the blazing lights and signage that almost nobody is awake to see. Since ALL energy usage seems to have a cost that becomes unendurable sooner or later, perhaps we could all get a fucking clue and use LESS of it?