Can geothermal energy replace oil and gas? My long-read Q&A with Jamie Beard

October 21, 2021

By James Pethokoukis and Jamie Beard

With the cost declines of solar and wind, climate activists hope renewables can upend the oil and gas industry, powering the world without contributing to climate change. But geothermal advocates say we can use the drilling practices of today’s energy giants to access the immense heat beneath the Earth’s crust. Today, we’ll be discussing whether geothermal could be the clean energy source of the future. To answer that question and more, I’ve brought on Jamie Beard.

Jamie is the founder and executive director of the Geothermal Entrepreneurship Organization at the University of Texas at Austin.