Capturing energy from the earth’s heat is pretty easy pickin’s for geologically-active areas of the world like Iceland, Indonesia, and Chile. In some locations, hot fluids are so near the earth’s surface that heat from naturally-occurring hot fluids can be directly circulated through buildings for heating. Unlike some of the more common alternative energies — hydro, solar, and wind — geothermal is impervious to weather conditions. This independence means it provides excellent base load electricity.
In many ways travelling back to the U.S. these days feels like you're entering a third world country. America definitely had an early lead with allegedly important breakthroughs such as the computer, car, airplane, and internet, Asia has been far better at actually implementing new technology and ideas.
Dubai, arguably the world’s most liberal city, financially, is slowly and fitfully crawling out from its crisis, but is regaining its attractiveness to arguably the most speculative business people on earth, Wenzhou folks.