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Require Geothermal for all long-term New Construction

Geothermal heating and air-conditioning systems cost more up front but, for long-term facilities, provide significant payback. Implementing geothermal HVAC for all government buildings expected to be in service for 20 or more years will decrease fuel demand, diminish global warming/heating, and increase the supply of contractors who can install such systems and do the necessary drilling, thereby lowering the cost for the public and private sector. Maintenance costs will also drop considerably as there are fewer moving parts. Net result should be annual savings on the order of tens of millions of dollars, less pollution, and remarkable energy savings. Votes / alternative thoughts welcome.

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Idea No. 1106