BAYLOR DEBATE CAMPOTEC AFF
INHERENCY - - NO OTEC FUNDING NOW
The United States Federal Government has failed to properly fund OTEC.Gizmag ’08
(Staff writer for gizmag, which is an emerging technology magazine, “Energy Island: unlocking the potential of the ocean as a renewablepower source“ 2008 gizmag <http://www.gizmag.com/energy-island-otec/8714/> DAH)
Energy Island isn’t the first project to portray OTEC as the solution to Earth’s power and pollution woes. Previous plans for the technology, most notablyJohn Craven’s , have been positively utopic. Craven saw OTEC not only as a source of cheap power and water, but also as a method for acceleratingcrop growth, and, (no utopia would be complete without it), a provider of free air conditioning. Project Windfall , meanwhile, was a plan authored by aFlorida group that involved installing an OTEC plant in order to reduce the hurricanes that routinely ravage the east coast.But
while OTEC has captured the imagination of scientists, it has not had nearly so much success with governments.
Statesestablished the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority in 1974, viewing the high electricity costs of the state, and the dynamics of thesurrounding water, as the ideal testing ground for OTEC technology.
The NEL successfully demonstrated a 250 kW closed-cycle plant in 1999,but ultimately the money evaporated faster than the water, and Congress shifted attention to more economical areas of research.OTEC could be commercially viable
, said test director Luis Vega,
but it needed “patient funding” to reach that stage.
Past Government attention to OTEC has been negative.NREL ’07
The US Government has stopped Federal Research into OTEC, presumably because of the antipathy of the second Bush regime tothinking about alternative energy or Climate Change in general, which they persist in denying is influenced by human activities. Buthere is a useful description and survey of possible sites, with a map. It mentions probable sites in Australia, Hawaii and other "developed" countries but does not advocate building plants in those countries. There is no physical reason why some these also couldnot benefit, but perhaps at the time the paper was written oil companies (and the US government) didn't want a viable alternative totheir products.
Past attempts to find funding the creation of OTEC facilities has failed.Smith ’07
"At the southwestcorner of New Providence is an area of shallow heated sand flats which adjoin a 6,000-foot-deep underwater canyon," Bardelmeier wrote in his proposal. "Onshore at this point is the government-owned electricity plant with its existing distribution systems...and thecost of electric power in Nassau is among the highest in the western world." His [Bardelmeier’s] proposal called for a private corporationto negotiate a 40-year contract with the government to build a 40,000kw OTEC power station at Clifton Cay, both as a demonstrationproject and to sell power to BEC. He added that the US government might be willing to help fund the project. But Rockwell turned himdown.