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Nathan
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Nathan asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

Do we have the technology to switch over to wind, solar and hydroelectric to power America today?

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  • jeff m
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    1 decade ago
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    At what cost?

    the power available from those sources is not enough. So we'll end up burning a lot more nat. gas for electric generation, because it'll be taxed less. That's a shame, because nat. gas is very suitable as vehicle fuel, which is the fuel in shortest supply.

    Electric cars only sound like a good idea when electricity is cheap.

    Energy is wasted with each conversion. Charging a battery wastes ~40%. Discharging it is similar. The Tesla roadster uses 75 kilowatt hours to charge its 53 kwh battery. 75 kwh is the same as five 1500 watt heaters for ten hours CONTINUOUS (usually they shut off when room is warm)

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Where I live, nearly half the electricity is from hydroelectric sources. And by the way, rivers and lake egress points are the primary sources of hydroelectric power, not the sea. Who gave someone THAT idea? How bizarre! And my home has both wind and solar supplemental power.

    Reality: if population continues to grow, we have no option but to use ALL available means to generate, and of course, likewise, to improve

    overall energy efficiency.

    This whole thing is generally misstated, anyway, by political slime and hacks looking to stir controversy and spread confusion. Wind, solar, geothermal will be supplements to other means for quite some time, especially wind and solar, which are intermittent. Hydroelectric power is clean and efficient, and is wellspring, and we've been using it up here for most of this century.

    That doesn't mean any other means is replaced or "off the table".

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  • Sandra
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Here are three decent web sites that should give you plenty of information. They cover Solar, Wind and Geo Thermal. Being in the Midwest (and mostly flat lands) I don't work to much with Hydro power. Good Luck with the paper. Look for ways to transmit these types of energy to the average home, the infrastructure is the key and where the US needs the most help. The one who finds the best way will make the most money, and do the most good for us and the world.

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  • rusty
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    1 decade ago

    We have the technology it is more a case of these are not going to produce as much as they need! Wind and solar are not that dependable, people tried solar in the 70's and it didn't work that well ! Wind turbines are very costly and high maintenance and take a great deal of land !

    Once again geo thermal is very costly maintence in a realtive short time ! Along with the need for land to put it iin and it his costly to install !

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  • 1 decade ago

    The only workable solution of those three is hydro-electric, with offshore wave catchers. The others just take to much space for to little energy.

    The real answer is Nuclear: Clean Powerful and Efficient, the waste products are far less then most people think, in orders of magnitudes. The media depicts "barrels" of nuclear waste, which is just ludicrous, and is done by people who don't understand it.

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  • 3 years ago

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    Source(s): Build Solar Power Easily - http://Solar.eudko.com/?sTC
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes

    We have had hydroelectric dams for a good 70+ years.However,the nation as a whole?No

    Of course you'll have to switch over 50-70 years form now when fossil fuels run into energy crisis,but no we should not worry.

    Source(s): Independent American
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes we do. Google "Off the Grid" homes.

    The status Quo is simply invested maintaining the same old same old plus the fact that people don't like change.

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  • imaxkr
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Currently less than 10% of our electricity is derived from those sources.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    We have an untapped resource in our children. Repeal Child Labors Laws now!

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