Geothermal power comes from drilling down to superheated water, often as hot as 700 degrees Fahrenheit, and allowing the escaping steam to turn a turbine on the surface. This makes geothermal energy very site specific.
Considering many tribes hold vast reserves of fossil fuels, and others rely on coal and natural gas for electricity generation, how will ongoing shifts in our climate caused by human activity affect energy markets for tribes?
As reservation poverty rates and unemployment remain among the highest in the nation, tribes sit on an estimated $1.5 trillion in untapped oil, natural gas, coal, and other valuable minerals. Billions of megawatts in solar and wind energy potential lie dormant as well.