Iceland, however, is taking the lead.
Iceland sits atop a geological oddity, the Atlantic Rift Zone, from which the European and North American continents continue to spread outward. It has volcanoes, geysers, and tons of hot springs.
Olafur Grimsson, the country's President, is working to exploit this energy. While the country's Constitution offers him little power, he is using the equivalent of the "bully pulpit" to push for extensive geothermal projects.
Grimsson told Time Magazine that when he was a child the sky around Reykjavik was coal-black, and it was his job to get coal for the family. Now the country is producing enough geothermal energy to talk about running an aluminum smelter on it. He has endorsed an experiment in which carbon dioxide-laden water is being pushed into rock, which would pull the CO2 out of it.