Archive for July, 2013

Fracking: At The Corner Of Energy Abundance And Water Scarcity

Via The Christian Science Monitor, a report on the watergy implications of how fracking for oil and gas amid water scarcity¬†has created a public-private crossroads, with both sides attempting to further their goals: Recycling and Reusing Becoming an Imperative There is no greater example of the water-energy nexus than the juncture where water meets the […]

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A Thirst For Power: Does China Have Enough Water to Burn Coal?

Via Scientific American, an interesting look at China’s thirst for power, specifically the disconnect between China’s rising demand for coal but the parched country’s growing challenges in finding enough water to cool its coal-fired power plants: By many measures, this northern Chinese city is an ideal candidate for being China’s Wyoming. It has more brown […]

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About This Blog And Its Author
As the scarcity of water and energy continues to grow, the linkage between these two critical resources will become more defined and even more acute in the months ahead.  This blog is committed to analyzing and referencing articles, reports, and interviews that can help unlock the nascent, complex and expanding linkages between water and energy -- The Watergy Nexus -- and will endeavor to provide a central clearinghouse for insightful articles and comments for all to consider.

Educated at Yale University (Bachelor of Arts - History) and Harvard (Master in Public Policy - International Development), Monty Simus has held a lifelong interest in environmental and conservation issues, primarily as they relate to freshwater scarcity, renewable energy, and national park policy.  Working from a water-scarce base in Las Vegas with his wife and son, he is the founder of Water Politics, an organization dedicated to the identification and analysis of geopolitical water issues arising from the world’s growing and vast water deficits, and is also a co-founder of SmartMarkets, an eco-preneurial venture that applies web 2.0 technology and online social networking innovations to motivate energy & water conservation.  He previously worked for an independent power producer in Central Asia; co-authored an article appearing in the Summer 2010 issue of the Tulane Environmental Law Journal, titled: “The Water Ethic: The Inexorable Birth Of A Certain Alienable Right”; and authored an article appearing in the inaugural issue of Johns Hopkins University's Global Water Magazine in July 2010 titled: “H2Own: The Water Ethic and an Equitable Market for the Exchange of Individual Water Efficiency Credits.”