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Posted Fri Mar 14 2008: from Nature:
The energy-water nexus: deja-vu all over again?
"With US policymakers struggling to contemplate a future where oil pipelines sputter and water wells come up empty, panellists at the recently concluded American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Boston urged a rethink of the connection between these two crucial resources....Energy and water are closely linked. We use a lot of water to produce energy, especially fossil fuel energy. And we use a lot of energy to produce water -- for food, to treat water, to capture and treat wastewater", says [Peter] Gleick, [director of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security in Oakland, California]. "Energy constraints are beginning to affect water policy, and water policy is beginning to affect our energy choices. And yet, almost never do we integrate these two policies."...Now, the 2009 budget contains US$8 million earmarked to help fund a Department of the Interior census of domestic water supplies -- the first in 30 years.
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Eight million bucks! To find out how much water we have? So we can figure out how much water to spend on energy production? Isn't 8 million what a toilet seat costs in Iraq -- or a hammer?

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