Thursday, May 29, 2008

"Did the Earth move for you?"

The boys at Al Fin have a hot post up on Google's expressed interest in investing in a geothermal power generation concept.

In comments, I noted:

Wasn't there an incident attributed to DOD pumping irradiated water into deep wells causing tectonic activity in a previously stable region in the news a few years ago?

This includes the following reference to an event in 1962:

"Humans may contribute to the cause of earthquakes through a variety of activities such as filling new reservoirs, detonating underground atomic explosives, or pumping fluids deep into the ground through wells. For example, in 1962 Denver, Colorado, in the United States began to experience earthquakes for the first time in its history. The tremors coincided with the pumping of waste fluids into deep wells at an arsenal east of the city. After officials discontinued the pumping, the earthquakes persisted for a while and then ceased."

It's gonna be difficult to wash the baby if the geothermally heated bath water keeps sloshing out of the tub, don't you think? :)

That's the problem with "virtually unlimited sources of energy", we actually want limits - controls might be a better choice of word - on the energy we use.

Once again (I keep doing this, don't I? I don't mean to rain on your parade. Really), another idea that might benefit from further thought.

Do you suppose Google might even once consider paying for my investment advice?

Nah, me neither.

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