Science: Infernal Power

New Hampshire's Senator Styles Bridges suspected a new and outrageous boondoggle: Italy was trying to harness volcanoes at U.S. taxpayers' expense! After his volcanic outburst had subsided, and the facts became known, the idea did not seem quite so outrageous.

Nobody was going to tap old Vesuvius. But, the U.S. State Department announced, Italy is going to eke out its meager power supply with volcanic energy. A $6,000,000 new power station will be built at Lar-derello (near Leghorn), using volcanic steam to generate about 75,000 kilowatts.

Actually, the use of volcanic energy is nothing new in Italy. In a yo-square-mile district around Larderello,...

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