How Much Energy are We Flushing Down the Drain?

'California is in the middle of a drought. In the Bay Area, that has meant day after day of glorious, uncharacteristically sunny winter weather. But, I am haunted by media images of dry creek beds and by my own mental images of driving by the Rim Fire near Yosemite last summer. Who knows what this summer will bring.

The drumbeat of media coverage on the drought had led me to think harder about the water-energy nexus. At a high level, that phrase encapsulates two profound facts: energy production is extremely water intensive and water provision is extremely energy intensive. (At this point, we can't really say "water production," but as we add moredesalination capacity, production becomes more apt.)

I'll focus on the second of those two facts, butthis articleon the water used for fracking relates to the first.

Providing Water to Homes, Businesses and Farms Requires A LOT of Energy'

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