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Reserving the Right to Object

The Next American Revolution

In the summer of 2006, the Susquehanna Valley Center began an extensive analytical research project that examined what the net costs would be to use alternative energy sources in the United States to equal the daily amount of foreign oil that the U.S. currently imports. The findings to be presented here will show what the alternative energy sources are, how usuable and functional energy can be tapped from these sources, the costs involved to achieve this usuable energy, the pros and cons of each source, and provide current examples of where these sources are currently being used or have been used in the past.

Our researchers have examined a variety of alternative energy sources. Among these are: ethanol; butanol; biodiesel; coal; solar; sea solar; waste to energy; wind; tidal; geothermal; nuclear; and hydrogen. The pros and cons of each possible source are explored as well as the following analysis is provided: how it is currently used (or used in past), as well as providing examples and the effectiveness; the costs to obtain the energy source will be projected; projected time taken to be brought on line; the most efficient use of fuel produced; and the projections of most effective placements in US for alternative energy sources.

The ultimate goal of this research is to show what viable alternative energy sources are presently available in the United States that can lessen our country’s reliance on foreign oil and thereby lead to greater energy independence.

Interviews with the authors of the reports can be heard on The Voice of Pennsylvania at www.voiceofpa.net.

Links to the reports are found at the reports listed on the right.

Today's Landfills Are A Lot More Than "Dumps"
April 28, 2010 - By Tim O'Donnell
'Cap and Trade' Would Hurt Pennsylvania
July 17, 2009 - By Congressman Joe Pitts and Robert F. Powelson
US Energy Sources
Galen Weaber, Chairman, Susquehanna Valley Center for Public Policy
Shale Drilling Would Benefit State By $500 Million Annually
September 29, 2008 - Guest Columnist Louis D'Amico
The Cove Area Regional Digester: Making Manure "Clean and Green"
August 2008 - By Marianne Clay, Research Associate
Biodiesel in Pennsylvania: Current Status, Challenges and Prospects
October 19, 2007 - By Hans Gehman, Research Associate
Pennsylvania's Biodiesel Industry Reaches Critical Juncture
October 8, 2007 - By Carl T. Shaffer
The Next American Revolution
Using America's resources to achieve energy independence
Coal-to-Liquid Fuel
By Hans Gehman, Research Associate - May 25, 2007
Ethanol
By Hans Gehman, Research Associate
Wind Power
By Marianne Clay, Research Associate
Wind Energy At Home
By Marianne Clay, Research Associate
Animal Waste
By Marianne Clay, Research Associate
Biodiesel
By Hans Gehman, Research Associate
Solar Power
By Hans Gehman, Research Associate
Geothermal
By Marianne Clay, Research Associate
Tidal Energy
By Marianne Clay, Research Associate
Nuclear Power
By Hans Gehman, Research Associate
President Bush Unveils Advanced Energy Initiative
Susquehanna Valley Center Researchers Focus on Sources to Lessen Dependence on Foreign Oil