Conserving water, cutting greenhouse gases may conflict in drought-parched Southwest

From: E&E Publishing/ClimateWire

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter

Actions to limit climate change and calls for water conservation are on a potential collision course, some water researchers believe.

Making low-carbon electricity from sources like concentrated solar, geothermal and coal with carbon capture and sequestration consumes more water than fossil fuel-generated power, experts said. Developing cleaner-burning motor fuels also requires more water than turning oil into gasoline.

With severe droughts in California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and other states, water consumption is becoming a mounting concern.

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