United States Geothermal Resources

Part 2 of Geothermal Energy Under Our Feet. The United States possesses vast underground stores of heat whose full potential has yet to be realized. The Earth’s interior reaches temperatures greater than 4,000°C (>7,200°F), and this geothermal energy flows continuously to the surface. The energy content of domestic geothermal resources to a depth of 3 […]

Global Climate Scenario: Abruptly Changing Climates

Part 10 of United States Climate Change Impact. Not all changes in the climate are gradual. There is the possibility of greater changes in climate than current scenarios and models project. The long record of climate found in ice cores, tree rings, and other natural records show that Earth’s climate patterns have undergone rapid shifts […]

What Is a Geothermal Heat Pump & How does it work?

Part 2 of Geothermal Heat Pumps. Geothermal heat pumps can reduce energy consumption—and corresponding air pollution emissions—up to 44% compared to air source heat pumps and up to 72% compared to electric resistance heating with standard air-conditioning equipment. (Source: EPA, 1993) Geothermal heat pumps are viable nationwide. They use the Earth as a heat sink […]