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Thirst for Power: Energy, Water, and Human Survival

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How changing the way we think about water and energy can secure the long-term sustainability of both precious resources

Although it is widely understood that energy and water are the world’s two most critical resources, their vital interconnections and vulnerabilities are less often recognized. This farsighted book offers a new, holistic way of thinking about energy and
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by Yale University Press
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Neil Bhatiya
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great primer on the intersection of energy and water issues (primarily in the United States). Webber argues the necessity for thinking of this nexus as a cohesive whole, rather than the preponderant focus we pay to the energy equation. For example, the average US household uses more water to generate electricity that it uses directly from the faucet, because the power plant that sends the electricity to you uses a great deal of water in its cooling operations, or in the extraction of whichever ...more
Hassan Aljama
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
The books does a very good job in detailing how interdependent the water and energy systems are. It highlights why energy consumption necessitates water consumption and vice versa. If you are looking for a book to gain a better understanding of the situation, this is a good source. It gives some provocative ideas on how to possibly tackle the problem, though most of them are general thoughts that lack details.
Richard Arvedson
Read this book, now!

The relationship of of energy and water impacts all people! The discussion is this book is an excellent primer to begin to understand this balance. The answers are difficult and they are not always obvious ! Please get this book and read it and talk to everyone about this book.
Mark O'Connor
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why energy and water matter

The future for our children and their children will depend on making better choices for energy, water and society. It is time we understand these interrelationships. This book does an excellent way of telling the story of how these subjects need to be considered.
Douglas Bessette
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great reframe of the energy and water sector.
Hanneke Vlak
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book. So much information.
Jim Moore
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it
If you don't know much about water and energy, its ok...but, doesn't really pose any solutions...just says we need to understand it...ok, then what?
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good look at the nexus of electric and water needs in this country. Very well organized: discusses energy production, then water production, then energy used in water production, then water used in energy production, then trends in these industries, then technical and non-technical changes necessary to keep the juice and water flowing. The first four chapters were most interesting to me, especially to learn just how much water is used in electricity production, and vice versa. His ideas for ...more
Katie Samples Dahlberg
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Everyone needs to read this book to get a better understanding of how interconnected our energy and water systems truly are. We cannot approach the issue of water shortages just by looking at water usage, we must also look at energy usage; we cannot address the issue of energy and climate change without also examining water usage. The solution to one could also be a solution to the other. Great, easy read.
Aug 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Excellent background and information on the topic of water and energy, but lacks a clear vision of how we might solve the problems of their scarcity.
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This is a very detailed work covering everything you ever needed to know about water and energy supplies.
While this is written for a general audience, the material is quite technical and will only appeal to those with a deep interest in climate change and the threat of global warming.
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