Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Lack of water is GOOD news?

Texas Drought:  Power grid concerns Senate Democrats

"But senators heard testimony from state utility authorities who said part of  the problem is that energy is currently so inexpensive to produce in Texas that there is little incentive to improve infrastructure and make energy generation more efficient to guard against shortfalls sparked by water shortages.

Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, said the continued lack of rainfall poses serious concerns "about the ability to keep the lights on" in the short term and that things will only get more complicated in the future. He said Texas should have a contingency plan for coping with future energy needs similar to the $16 million it spends on a long-term water plan it produces every five years."

A clear example of how the infrastructure of civilization is intimately  interconnected with climate.

Now, since Governor Rick Perry thinks that climate change is all a scam cooked up by scientists who want to get research grant money, he probably won't propose to do a thing about this.

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