The global energy situation is a rather complicated problem. Countries such as China and India are increasing in their energy consumption, with higher demands for oil and natural gas. While China has addressed their needs through the production of renewable energy technologies, North America seems to be focused on maintaining the fossil fuel, natural gas and coal dependency through exports. One of the areas that is not being considered is the fact that water is a main component in energy production and already accounts for fifteen percent of the world’s water use. As the need increases, water will be a more important criteria for any and all energy projects. In some areas, this requirement is already upsetting the water balance and is therefore causing increased costs and will actually offset any savings and return on investment.
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