The Water-Energy Crunch: A Powerful Puzzle

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Saturday, March 31, 2012

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The Water-Energy Crunch is a clash of essential needs. Humans are thirsty creatures who need water to drink and bathe, but also to produce most forms of energy. No water, no energy, and nothing goes on. Literally.How we resolve the competition between water and energy needs is a defining issue of this century. "The Water-Energy Crunch,"  a co-production of IEEE Spectrum Magazine and the National Science Foundation.

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Comments [1]

Jessie Henshaw from way uptown

The tragic hidden agenda in ALL these creative and nice sounding "sustainability" schemes, is that what they are designed to do is sustain growth, growing profits, and accelerating total resource depletion.

Because this whole community of well funded "problem solvers" define their problem that way, these perfectly good scientists don't bother to check the signs and units of the variables in their equations, to see that "increasing productivity" is the new "dioxin" poisoning the world with ever better schemes for speeding up the depletion of every useful resource.

"Growth" now creates scarcity, instead of plenty, because we went from "small" to "big". It does it at ever faster rates, too, growing the scale of our demands on the earth like a cancer that will kill its host. Just do the math, but be open eyed and honest about it.

Apr. 01 2012 08:18 PM

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