Thirst for Power: Energy, Water, and Human Survival

By Michael E Webber
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 water--a big picture approach that reveals the interdependence of the two resources, identifies the seriousness of the challenges, and lays out an optimistic approach with an array of solutions to ensure the continuing sustainability of both.

Michael Webber, a leader and teacher in the field of energy technology and policy, explains how energy and water supplies are linked and how problems in either can be crippling for the other. He shows that current population growth, economic growth, climate change, and short-sighted policies are likely to make things worse. Yet, Webber asserts, more integrated planning with long-term sustainability in mind can avert such a daunting future. Combining anecdotes and personal stories with insights into the latest science of energy and water, he identifies a hopeful path toward wise long-range water-energy decisions and a more reliable and abundant future for humanity.

Michael Webber describes in clear prose the complex and often-surprising relationship between humanity's most important scarce resources water and power. An important book for both citizens and specialists. Bill White, former mayor of Houston and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy--Bill White"
Few, if any, issues are more important to humanity s wellbeing over the next half century than the transition to cleaner energy and access to abundant, safe and clean water. Michael Webber s well-researched and detailed, yet highly readable, new book takes the reader on a journey of the water-energy nexus, and lays out concrete and actionable technical and policy solutions. This book provides a valuable roadmap for how to protect our most critical resources for future generations. Jason Bordoff, Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy--Jason Bordoff"
The premise is compelling and timely. The strength of the book is its clear explanation of ways in which water is used in the production of energy and how the existing system is likely to come under considerable strain in the future. David Sedlak, author of "Water 4.0"--David Sedlak"


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About the Hardcover

Publisher Yale University Press
Publish date 04/26/2016
Pages 248
ISBN-13 9780300212464
ISBN-10 0300212461
Language English