25 Feb '13, 12am

The Perils of Ignoring the #Water - #Energy Nexus: #shale #oil #peakoil #collapse #economic #growth #preppers

As we pump gasoline into our automobiles, we watch the register ring up dollars, but we don’t see the water cost: some 13 gallons for every gallon of fuel . It’s one of the most inconvenient truths of modern times that it takes increasing amounts of finite water to supply energy and increasing amounts of climate-disrupting energy to supply water. And too often our search for solutions to one set of challenges is making the other set worse. This week, National Geographic News provides a comprehensive report on the recent projection by the International Energy Agency (IEA) that, if current trends continue, the volume of water consumed for energy production worldwide will double by 2035. The recent surge in hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” to unlock shale gas plays a part, but the big-ticket items in the equation are coal-fired electricity and the expected rise in biofuel...

Full article: http://www.postcarbon.org/blog-post/1441682-the-perils-of...

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