Water and Energy

United States of America

Energy and Water: Connection and Conflict

Natural Resources Committee | 2012

Energy and water are two fundamental building blocks of the U.S. economy. Power plants need water to operate. Electric water pumps move water around the country, especially in the West. Because energy and water are inextricably linked, they are in a constant interplay of supply and demand where a change in the availability one resource can impact the usage of the other and vice versa. Especially during droughts, water scarcity can cause conflict as drinking and agriculture needs increasingly compete against energy needs.

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