Summary: Renewable energies can be very water demanding, especially solar thermal farms. This is a cause for much concern as renewable energies continue to grow in America. The high demand for water by renewable energies could cause conflicts over the scarce water resources. Our very own professor, Dr. Webber, comments on the issue in the article.
Comment: I found it ironic that the environmental impact of renewable energies is potentially harmful in some regards. Water is obviously a very important resource, and it will be interesting to see how we as a nation respond to the solar thermal farms high demand for such a precious resource. At the same time, many people are pushing for these sources of energy, and it will be interesting to watch our nation's energy policy in the future, and how we reconcile the many complex issues regarding our energy sources and their affects on the environment.