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Well, apart from inflation, which impacts virtually everything, the next big growth area after the arrival of peak oil has to be nuclear. To be blunt, environmental fundamentalists have been barking up the wrong tree for several decades by pumping out anti-nuclear propaganda for the past 30 years. This is why nuclear power has been a bad word in the west and hardly any nuclear power plants have been built. But this is great news for investors because they can get in near the ground floor of a new multi-year -- if not multi-decade -- nuclear boom!

Mega Trends for the Next Decade in Energy

imagine 20 years from now, when the boom is in full swing as the flood of investment money has generated much technological advancement, every city and small town will be planning to have its very own mini nuclear power plant given the economics involved at that time for cheap, clean energy. It’s akin to buying gold in 2001.


How else are the governments going to power future energy demand while cutting carbon emissions, if not by building literally hundreds of new nucle- ar power stations over the next 20 years. This boom hasn’t even begun, but I can

Heat from the earth can be used as an energy source in many ways, from large and complex power stations to small and relatively simple pumping systems. This heat energy, known as geothermal energy, can be found almost anywhere—as far away as remote deep wells in Indonesia and as close as the dirt in our backyards. Many regions of the world are already tapping geothermal energy as an affordable and sustainable solution to reducing dependence on fossil fuels, and the global warming and public health risks that result from their use. For example, more than 8,900 megawatts (MW) of large, utility-scale geothermal capacity in 24 countries now produce enough electricity to meet the annual needs of nearly 12 million typical U.S. households (GEA 2008a). Below the Earth’s crust, there is a layer of hot and molten rock called magma. Heat is continually produced there, mostly from the decay of naturally radioactive materials such as uranium and potassium. The amount of heat within 10,000 meters (about 33,000 feet) of Earth’s surface contains 50,000 times more energy than all the oil and natural gas resources in the world.

the highest underground temperatures are in regions with active or geologically young volcanoes. These “hot spots” occur at plate boundaries or at places where the crust is thin enough to let the heat through. The Pacific Rim, often called the Ring of Fire for its many volcanoes, has many hot spots, including some in Alaska, California, and Oregon. Nevada has hundreds of hot spots, covering much of the northern part of the state. The United States has more geothermal capacity than any other country, with more than 3,000 megawatts in eight states. (Citizens and Scientists for Environmental Solutions)

“RENEwaBlE ENERgy iNvESTMENT waS $162 BillioN laST yEaR, BuT BlooMBERg PRE- DiCTS ThaT iT will BE SoMEwhERE BETwEEN $175 aND $200 BillioN ThiS yEaR.” Renew- able Energy Investment Could Hit $200 Billion grEEn inVESting May 2011

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