Indonesia has the largest geothermal reserves in the world. Yet, the government's failure to manage its natural resources effectively and reform its regulatory environment remains an obstacle to fully tap into the country's renewable energy wealth.
If you're familiar with geothermal energy, you know most existing geothermal projects rely on high-temperature permeable rock relatively near the surface that has its own naturally occurring water supply.
The cost of building new conventional generators is astronomical. If you get a jump on this and find a way to make it profitable, fields of opportunity will open as other coal-fired plants shut down. And you just might blaze a trail toward a carbon-neutral future.
Top military experts and government institutions like the U.S. Department of Defense and National Intelligence Council warn that climate destabilization threatens our national security, yet global emissions just keep going up.
What kind of country exempts one practice -- fracking for gas -- from its Clean Water Act, since the process contaminates water? The America I want and have loved doesn't sell its core values -- and yet we've done just that for fracking.
While many Americans would like to see us move toward "green energy" as a means to reduce our dependency on foreign oil and fossil fuels in general, such a move should be driven by market forces, not the strong arm of government and crony capitalism.
While the oil and gas lobby dominates at the federal level, communities across the United States are making great strides in gaining control of energy production by advancing an impressive range of renewable projects.
Wind, biofuel, biomass, hydro, wave power, geothermal and of course conservation: those solutions have been with us for some time. But our most precious renewable energies are commitment, foresight and imagination.