Sunday, January 4, 2009

New Year Brings Renewed Commitment to OTEC

We began this blog last March 14th when the price of oil hit $111 per barrel. Our stated purpose was to generate more buzz about Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) than had been seen in recent years.

OTEC received considerable media attention in 2008, and the buzz is carrying over into the New Year, as seen in a piece published today in the San Jose Mercury News.

Yet we’ve also heard (if not read) comments to the effect that big industrial processes like OTEC are the “enemy” of distributed generation on a more human scale.

We don’t see any enemies among those who advocate freedom from our oil dependence, especially in places like Hawaii that have an inexhaustible supply of ocean-based energy available for exploitation.

If there must be enemies, let them be Eagles, Vikings, Patriots, Chargers or Titans. In the move to Get Off Oil, we’re all on the same team.

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