Ask the scientist

In recent debates concerning a new energy bill in Congress, southeastern legislators argued against provisions requiring a certain percentage of electricity come from renewable resources by a future date.

What was their objection? If I recall, part of their objection was that there are fewer renewable resources in the southeastern U.S., compared to other regions.

Maybe someone should have asked around a bit.

Yahoo! News:

Just 15 miles off Florida’s coast, the world’s most powerful sustained ocean current — the mighty Gulf Stream — rushes by at nearly 8.5 billion gallons per second. And it never stops.

To scientists, it represents a tantalizing possibility: a new, plentiful and uninterrupted source of clean energy.

Florida Atlantic University researchers say the current could someday be used to drive thousands of underwater turbines, produce as much energy as perhaps 10 nuclear plants and supply one-third of Florida’s electricity. A small test turbine is expected to be installed within months.

You can see why our congressmen didn’t think of this one. I mean, who ever heard of the Gulf Stream?

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