With a nuclear power plant proposal taking shape in Green River, folks in Utah are trying to get out in front of the energy-water nexus. From the Salt Lake Tribune:
In parts of the country with dependable water supplies, nuclear power naturally fits with plans to boost the nation’s investment in clean energy sources. While nuclear power plants pose unique safety challenges, they produce energy without adding to the carbon emissions that are dangerously warming the planet, just as solar panels and wind farms do.
But here in the second-driest state, nuclear power’s water requirements should be cause for delaying construction of any such plant until the ramifications are clearly understood.
I’ve honestly not been sure whether to take the Blue Castle project seriously. But others clearly are.