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Water is critical issue in Climate Change

These key messages delivered and explained in new report, Protecting the Lifeline of the West: How Climate and Clean Energy Policies Can Safeguard Water, written by Environmental Defense Fund and Western Resource Advocates. It gives more details about why, in the West, climate and clean energy policy is water policy – and why we need the Senate to pass a strong climate and clean energy bill now.

(USA) In the West, Climate and Energy Policy Is Water Policy, Dan Grossmand Bart Miller, 19 July 2010, “………………scientists are concluding that the extended droughts of the past may become the norm of the future. So what should we do about this bleak situation? If we are serious about avoiding the biggest looming crisis of meeting the water needs of the West, we have to understand the energy-water connection and advance clean energy solutions.

A well-designed national climate and clean energy policy is vital to safeguarding the West’s water resources–the lifeline of the West’s economy and environment. The U.S. Senate must take action to curb carbon pollution. That’s a critical step to ensure westerners continue to have clean, safe, reliable water supplies for the future.

The next few weeks are a key window of opportunity. Within that time, the U.S. Senate will make critical decisions that will determine–for many years to come–how our country utilizes our energy resources and revitalizes our economy. The stakes could not be higher. Water is the essential ingredient of life in the West, where we depend on scarce supplies for drinking water, to grow food that feeds our communities, to support a large and growing recreational economy, sustain the environment, and maintain our quality of life………….

Our energy choices have significant carbon and water implications. Traditional fossil fuel power plants have a large carbon footprint–thus contributing to climate change–and they consume lots of water. Most renewable sources of energy use no freshwater and emit zero carbon…………

energy efficiency and many forms of renewable energy–such as wind power and solar photovoltaics–use little or no water. And the West sits at the center of tremendous renewable resources. Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada are a hotbed for solar power. Colorado and Wyoming have tremendous wind resources. And many states have geothermal potential…….

Climate and clean energy legislation will accelerate the solutions we need to meet our future needs and maintain the West’s prosperity. Renewable energy, energy efficiency, water conservation, water re-use, and finding innovative strategies for transitioning away from the dirtiest, water-thirsty power plants in the region – these are all part of the picture.

These key messages delivered and explained in new report, Protecting the Lifeline of the West: How Climate and Clean Energy Policies Can Safeguard Water, written by Environmental Defense Fund and Western Resource Advocates. It gives more details about why, in the West, climate and clean energy policy is water policy – and why we need the Senate to pass a strong climate and clean energy bill now.

Dan Grossman: In the West, Climate and Energy Policy Is Water Policy

July 20, 2010 - Posted by | climate change, USA, water | , , , , ,

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