During his last State of the Union speech President Bush stated that “We are addicted to oil” and must find and develop alternative forms of energy. This is something that many President’s have talked about and funded for many decades but with the price of petroleum relatively low there has been no real push to develop other forms of energy. Until now…
When I lived in Key West Florida I worked on a Sportfishing charter boat and was fortunate to have one of the most knowledgeable Captains in the Keys. Besides marine biology Captain Jim Sharpe http://www.seaboots.com/ exposed me to numerous facts and conditions within the “Keys” environment. At times we would fish the currents both in the Gulf Stream and near the bridges. Several times a day the tides will change and the flow of water thru the bridges was incredible. Also reliable and constant…
A company by the name of Blue Energy has developed turbines to harness this power. http://www.bluenergy.com/
“The sources of Blue Energy’s tidal power production are fast flowing tidal currents. The gravitational pull of the moon causes water to flow in from the ocean twice a day on the flood tides, and outward during ebb tides. Additional monthly and annual lunar cycles vary the strength of these currents. Narrow and shallow constrictions produce the fastest and most powerful movements of current, whose energy can be harnessed using the Blue Energy Ocean Turbine.”
“The Blue Energy Ocean Turbine acts as a highly efficient underwater vertical-axis windmill. Sea water is 832 times denser than air and a non-compressible medium, an 8 knot tidal current is the equivalent of a 390 km/hr wind.”
The President also spoke of developing methanol fuel from cellulose products such as the waste from farming and other organic products. This is done by breaking down the organic source such as cornstalks, grass, etc. with enzymes which then produce methanol that would be mixed with fuels.
Now these sources of alternative fuels are needed and research into these areas will be beneficial for both society and the environment. It should and will be the free market that makes it work and will just be a matter of time. Great advances in Hybrid cars have been made and the government should encourage this research but not control it.
Many politicians have seen the opportunity to capitalize on this subject and many have been quick to criticize the President for his “Connections to Big Evil Oil companies”. Seems that many Democrats have been sure to court the “environmental” vote by attacking those who understand the importance of reliable, and affordable petroleum sources.
And then there is Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Mass). Kennedy has been a strong supporter of, and has received strong support from the environmental community in the past. Seems now that he is leading the opposition of Eco-friendly windmills being placed off of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. They would be visible from the Kennedy compound when Ted is up there vacationing…
The Washington Times just did an article on this and is good reading….