Energy Down the Drain: The Hidden Costs
of California's Water Supply
[8/24/04] As California's
electricity demand sets record highs and the Southwest is
parched by drought, a new report by the Pacific Institute
and the NRDC shows the hidden connection between energy
"With power shortages and a water scarcity
a constant threat across the West, it's time to look at
water and energy in a new way," said Dr. Gary Wolff
a co-author of the report and Principal Economist and Engineer
with the Pacific Institute. "But too often, policy
makers and water and energy experts ignore the links. The
good news is we can reduce our energy use, cut air pollution
and create new energy supplies with cost-effective improvements
to water efficiency."
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the report (775 KB PDF).
[12/6/04] Read the Pacific
Institute's response to the California Farm Water Coalition's
criticism of our report.