WE’RE now in the midst of the nation’s most widespread drought in 60 years, stretching across 29 states and threatening farmers, their crops and livestock. But there is another risk as water becomes more scarce. Power plants may be forced to shut down, and oil and gas production may be threatened. Our energy system depends on water. About half of the nation’s water withdrawals every day are just for cooling power plants. In addition, the oil and gas industries use tens of millions of gallons a day, injecting water into aging oil fields to improve production, and to free natural gas in shale formations through hydraulic fracturing. Those numbers are not large from a national perspective, but they can be significant locally.

Will Drought Cause the Next Blackout? - NYTimes.com

THANK YOU!!

So far all the stories have been primarily focused on agriculture but there are so many more impacts happening due to the drought.   Animals and trees are dying.  Joe Romm calls it the great dustification and he is correct  - being in the “no hope” zone I’m seeing it first hand.  Everything and I mean everything living is struggling with the heat and worries about water.  And we waste water like there is no risk.   As this quote states - our power and everything else depends on water.  It’s time to stop wasting and contaminating it - drought or not!

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