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What are some positive and negative effects of Geothermal energy?

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  1. Positives:
    -Completely clean energy. No emissions, or harmful waste byproducts.
    -Completely renewable. The Earth is never going to run out of heat.
    -Low cost to operate and maintain. Since you’re not paying for non-renewable things like oil and natural gas, there are few costs involved with keeping the geothermal system running.
    Negatives:
    -Initial cost. It’s VERY expensive to implement a geothermal heating system. Although it will pay for itself with the money you save given enough years, the initial capital investment is a large obstacle.
    -It’s not available everywhere. Geothermal heat only works where the earth’s crust is hot close to the surface (ie. magma is close to the surface). This tends to happen most in volcanic regions, for example around the Pacific Rim, or Iceland which is on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

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