Klamath Falls, Oregon, uses geothermal power to meet many of the needs of the town. Hot rocks and geysers keep the sidewalks warm in winter, heat downtown buildings, light the college campus, and warm greenhouses. On the surface, it sounds like a perfect example of how geothermal power — and perhaps other green power sources — can power America.

nanotubeCould you imagine a laptop battery that lasted for 500 hours? How about an electric car that boasts a range many times that of a gasoline vehicle? For that matter, think about environmental sensors that could be scattered into the air like dust and collect data. While the last thing might not exactly be what you want for Christmas, a breakthrough in energy production made by MIT researchers could make such technology a reality during the next few years.

crowdThe annual Gallup survey of Americans' attitudes on environmental issues, reports the polling group, "shows a public that over the last two years has become less worried about the threat of global warming, less convinced that its effects are already happening, and more likely to believe that scientists themselves are uncertain about its occurrence."

Al Gore has complained on Norwegian television that the theory of man-made global warming is under attack by a conspiracy of special interests. Among those conspirators, in the thinking of Mr. Gore, are oil and coal companies, who expended $500 million last year on television advertisements to question this theory. This "massive, organized campaign" has changed the whole dynamics of the climate-change debate, Gore conceded. He stated that there are lobbyists opposing climate changes for every member of Congress. 

If the United Nations has its way, the collapse of the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen will have been little more than a small hiccup on the way to the largest redistribution of wealth in human history.

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