“Geothermal technology harnesses energy from heat stored below Earth’s crust. Proponents say it could meet a major share of U.S. energy needs within the decade. But green groups have quietly lobbied against geothermal solutions, saying they weaken federal environmental protection standards. Rep. Russ Fulcher (R., Idaho) and Sen. Jim Risch (R., Idaho) on Thursday introduced a bill that would make it easier for geothermal drilling projects to explore federal land. An earlier version of that bill was quietly shot down by Democrats. Sources say Democratic lawmakers privately supported the bill but feared their public support would lead to pushback from green groups.” — Washington Free Beacon’s Santi Ruiz
In Episode 215 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses recent lectures, videos, and news stories listeners may have overlooked. Today, she previews Episode 6 of her Conservation Nation video series on fracking and discusses a new bill to make geothermal energy exploration more feasible.
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Photo Credit: Gabriella Hoffman / Yellowstone National Park – 08.18.2021