THE COMING CLASH BETWEEN WATER AND ENERGY
“Our Thirst for water competes with our hunger for energy. Only radical new ideas will get us out of this mess “Consider a giant sponge with limbs and tentacles that reach the horizon .It dips into distant rivers, it delves for deep waters, it digs ditches to catch the rain all to slake its insatiable thirst .Clearly, and this is no ordinary sea creature quietly snuffling the currents. We have met this sponge , and it is us. We humans are the thirstiest of creatures and we have developed a early insatiable taste for this simple but delectable arrangement of hydrogen and oxygen atoms. But we need so much more.
We have to talk about just drinking or bathing. Without water, we have practically no energy. Without energy and therefore car, planes, laptops, smart phones and lighting, we would not do so much. In almost every type of power plants, water is a major hidden cost. Water cools the blistering steam f thermal plants and allows hydroelectric turbines to churn. It brings bio fuels crops from the ground and geothermal energy from the depths of the Earth. Our power sources would be impotent without water