Archive for May, 2014

Not For Shale? India Wary Of New Energy Source Due To Water Constraints

Via Future Directions International, a report on the tension between India’s demand for energy and its limited water supply, particularly in light of its shale gas potential: Energy scarcity is among the many challenges confronting India and there is the prospect of it getting worse in the future. The phenomenon of shale energy could put […]

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Avoiding Fracking Water Wars

Via the Environmental Leader, a look at how fracking water wars may be avoided: In some drier locations, the shale gas boom causes conflict among the energy industry, agricultural interests and residents over already-scarce water resources, according to researchers writing in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. According to Regional Variation in Water-Related Impacts of Shale Gas […]

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The Food, Water, Energy Nexus

Via the Asian Development Bank, a look at the water, energy, food nexus: Striking rates of economic growth notwithstanding, 550 million people remain hungry in Asia and the Pacific, 65% of the population has no safe piped water, and more than 600 million people live without electricity. Overcoming these problems requires a combined approach in […]

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California’s Thirst Shapes Debate Over Fracking

Via The New York Times, an article on the watergy implications of California’s fracking:  Lake Oroville, shown in April, is a popular fishing location in Butte County and the second-largest reservoir in California. It now holds only two-thirds of the water it should at this time of year.  Enemies of fracking have a new argument: […]

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New Energy-Water Nexus Bill In The U.S. Senate

Via Energy Points, a reference to a new energy-water nexus bill in the U.S. Senate: A new Senate bill, the Nexus of Energy and Water for Sustainability (NEWS) Act of 2014 (S. 1971) will create a committee within the National Science and Technology Committee (NSTC) to streamline federal activities related to the management of interconnected […]

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China’s Thirsty Coal Industry Guzzles Precious Water

Via the Seattle Times, a report on China’s watergy crisis as plants turning coal into gas, chemicals and electricity are sucking up vast amounts of water in a nation already struggling with serious shortages: Steaming water, discharged from a coal-to-gas plant in Inner Mongolia, spreads out over the landscape. On a bitter cold day in […]

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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.”