If you have solar or wind energy and are off the grid, you don’t need to read this. Everyone else…
The U.S. Drought and Electricity Generation
By John Daly | Mon, 03 September 2012
…virtually all power plants, whether they are nuclear, coal, or natural gas-fired, are completely dependent on water for cooling. Hydroelectric plants require continuous water flow to operate their turbines. Given the drought, many facilities are overheating and utilities are shutting them down or running their plants at lower capacity. Few Americans know (or up to this point have cared) that the country’s power plants account for about half of all the water used in the United States. For every gallon of residential water used in the average U.S. household, five times more is used to provide that home with electricity via hydropower turbines and fossil fuel power plants, roughly 40,000 gallons each month.
Add this up:
fracking water + frack sand processing water + power plant water = water bankruptcy
Some water is required to make a solar panel but its not comparable. Same with wind.
UPDATE: As I pointed out earlier, we need to decide which is more important: water for food or water for fracking. I choose solar and wind.
Farmers across the world have begun a mass slaughter of their pig and cattle herds because they cannot afford the cost of feed, which has soared following the worst US drought in living memory, according to a report published on Wednesday.