I learned something pretty cool about Costa Rica this week. The country is a pretty green one literally and figuratively. The state run Costa Rican Electricity Institute (somehow known as the ICE) have announced that this year, for all of 2015, they haven't used fossil fuels at all. That's right; the country is powered entirely by renewable energy sources.
An explanation for five year olds.
Now part of the reason Costa Rica was able to do this is because they've had heavy enough rains to power their hydroelectric plants going. They've also taken advantage of lots of other renewable energy sources like solar power, wind power, and geothermal energy. There's a ton of energy in our great world just waiting to be tapped outside of coals and things like that. It's just a shame we've not really fully learned to utilize it yet. I think that focusing on fossil fuels set things like that back a bit.
DAMN YOU COAL!
It's pretty cool that there is a country out there that has taken this initiative and said "Hey, let's give this a go." It's showing that it is possible to get your power straight from renewable sources. We're probably quite a while away from a large country being 100% clean and using renewable energy but, hey, we're getting there. Here's to you Costa Rica, giving us hope for future and offsetting the apocalypse.