Since its close on November 25th, the US Dollar Index is up 3.09%. This is a pretty big move in the currency market, and it has been an important move because it has broken the long-term downtrend that the Dollar has been in over the last six months.
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.