Earthquakes Hinder Green Energy Plans

Quakes slow geothermal energy, hydropower, and carbon sequestration projects

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Earthquakes Hinder Green Energy Plans


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The extraordinary earthquake in Japan last month and the terrifying tsunami that followed left the country's electricity infrastructure crippled. But for some green technologies, the worry is not that they will be damaged by earthquakes but that they can cause earthquakes. Measured or anticipated seismic shocks associated with geothermal energy, hydropower, and carbon sequestration are raising questions about the wisdom of energy projects and in some cases stopping them in their tracks.

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Greg Mably

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