12 Sep '11, 6pm

Treehugger: If TX #drought continues 2 more yrs, "life in Texas could start to resemble life in Mexico"

Treehugger: If TX #drought continues 2 more yrs, "life in Texas could start to resemble life in Mexico"

They're exploring the possibility of bringing back on line mothballed lignite-burning, sulfur-emitting coal plants--presumably to take advantage of what cooling water exists still in the old cooling ponds. Here are some other potential consequences of long term drought in Texas continuing for 1 to 3 additional years. Most are obvious, but it's the human tendency to overlook the obvious until it bites that makes it important to think about them now. Short term (1 more year) Texas is the highest ranked state for total coal consumption . Much of that coal goes for commercial electricity production. Another big chunk goes to industrial boilers. Both operations need make-up water and condenser cooling water. When the water goes, they go down. What coal is mined in Texas is relatively sulfur-laden, making power production and industrial boiler operation relatively expensive if m...

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