Can't you imagine in some backroom, probably in DC, a bunch of 20 something policy wonks coming up with this brain child, "Here's an idea, let's become reliant on an energy source based in the desert that is dependent upon the use of H2O!"

Here is to all the beltway politicians taking aim at fracking. I don't think their efforts are aimed at protecting the environment, but rather the elimination of all hydrocarbons to fulfill the wants of the their radical left.

From the NY Times

"But then things got messy. The company revealed that its preferred method of cooling the power plants would consume 1.3 billion gallons of water a year, about 20 percent of this desert valley’s available water."

and

"Here is an inconvenient truth about renewable energy: It can sometimes demand a huge amount of water. Many of the proposed solutions to the nation’s energy problems, from certain types of solar farms to biofuel refineries to cleaner coal plants, could consume billions of gallons of water every year."

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Comment by sesport on October 24, 2009 at 12:14am
Elwood is rolling over in his grave as we speak, IMHO. :0)
Comment by Phillip Briggs on October 17, 2009 at 5:37pm
The solar farms mentioned are old technology.... basically boiling water for steam type plants. Photovoltaic panels need zero water for operating. Occasional washing helps, but isn't required. I have solar panels on my home (local co-op originally quoted me 80+ to get on their grid).
Comment by essay on October 15, 2009 at 3:20am
only folks that are a touch soft between the ears believe that solar and clean coal are going to save us anytime soon.

"...their efforts are aimed at... the elimination of all hydrocarbons."

sums it up.
Comment by LP on October 14, 2009 at 10:59am
Good grief ! I had no idea that solar and renewable biofuels required so much water in their operations. That certainly does take a bite out of the argument against water use in fracking.

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