Florida Atlantic researchers are racing against melting polar ice caps and dwindling natural resources in hope of developing energy technology that exploits the vast powers of the ocean tides.
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Sue Skemp, executive director at Florida Atlantic University's Center for Ocean Energy Technology, tells CNN:
"If you can take an engine and put it on the back of a boat or propel a ship through water, why not take a look at the strength of the Gulf Stream and determine if that can actually turn a device and create energy?"
To at least one potential Republican presidential candidate, that seems like a good question for citizens in the next century. Newt Gingrich echoes a refrain by Florida Republicans, for whom the first priority is to suck every last energy-giving fossil fuel from the Earth, including those off Florida's coast.
By then, surely
evolution God will have seen fit to bless us with webbed feet and gills, a la Kevin Costner in Waterworld.