31 Jul '13, 11am

Which energy resources are gulping down our water?

Which energy resources are gulping down our water?

If you’re like so many conscientious consumers, you’ve experienced the disappointment that comes when you realize the "lean" turkey breast you bought has 300 percent of your daily value of sodium. Instantly, food choices feel more complex; you’ve learned the hard way that the pursuit of a low-fat diet is not the same as a healthy diet. The energy-water nexus shows us that our energy choices are much like our food choices. The environmental benefits of an energy diet low in carbon emissions might be diminished by increased water consumption or waste, and the unforeseen tradeoffs between the two resources -- such as more sodium in lieu of less fat -- can hurt us in the long run. Water intensity Roughly 90 percent of the energy we use today comes from nuclear or fossil fuel power plants, which require 190 billion gallons of water per day , or 39 percent of all U.S. freshwater...

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