Oklahoma Senator changes stance on Renewable Energy after receiving Recovery Act Funds for Geothermal in his state
Senator Inhofe, a well-known opponent of renewable energy, has changed his tune after the Department of Energy pledged almost $2.4 million of the Recovery Act's stimulus funds into an R&D program in his home state of Oklahoma. The funds will be mainly used to research ways to reduce the cost of geothermal drilling, but some portion is also going towards research on how to increase the volume of rock from which heat can be extracted. The company Impact Drilling has also agreed to contribute an additional $600,000 to the project.
Senator Inhofe's backing of geothermal ground heat exchange pumps stands in stark contrast to his past opposition to solar and wind energy initiatives. Inhofe claimed his support was based upon a "...need to stop the job killing agenda." But like many politicians, he is now realizing how Green initiatives can create jobs in his home state, and therefore help boost ailing local economies. It's great to see more research being done to help find safe and economical ways of harnessing the immense potential of geothermal power. (Just don't trigger any earthquakes, OK?)