Friday, July 01, 2005
Geothermal Or Middle East Oil?
We're trying to do our small part to save energy but it turns out that it is harder than you might think. I've expended more energy in the past few weeks searching for anyone in NC who knows anything about installing a geothermal heat/cool system in a house than my air conditioner has used to cool down June. I think the oil Mafia has threatened heating and cooling system installers with being boiled in a vat of that black gold if they so much as mention ground heat, fuel savings, or heaven forbid, we don't need oil to stay warm information. It appears our own oil companies and our laziness and penny wise-pound foolish attitude about energy costs will deliver us into the hands of the Mid-East power brokers. Personally, I don't want to be dependent on anyone outside the USA to keep my house warm. Our government politicians should be exploring alternatives with the same aggression they use for political fund raising. Just think how nice it would be to thumb our noses at the oil wells outside our borders and say, "We don't need you." I'd vote for the guy who made that possible. Until then, here in the hills of NC, I will continue to explore the wilderness of alternative fuels while fanning my accordion folded piece of paper (a primitive but effective cooling device) with hope of stirring the stagnant air of the unacceptable status quo.