Geothermal energy should be an important part of our nation’s efforts to become energy independent because it’s renewable, clean, readily available, and 100% domestic. New approaches to geothermal energy are being explored, which is why my bill authorizes funding for the research and development of 21st century cutting edge geothermal energy technologies. Geothermal energy has incredible potential to help address global climate change and create good jobs and an entirely new energy technology economy of the future.