Drought Implications for Global Warming

Jul 20, 2014 6:27 PM

California's ongoing drought could complicate the state's effort to combat global warming.
According to the Associated Press, a new report shows that a drought stretching on for years could deplete the amount of clean energy collected from the state's dams. That would mean more emissions from other sources.
State officials are pushing utility companies to get 33 percent of their electricity from renewable sources that include wind and solar power by 2020.
California is in its third dry year, and officials say many power-generating reservoirs are low. That forces power companies to buy energy from conventional plants that burn natural gas.
Also,the drought causes farmers to pump more ground water to irrigate their crops, putting higher demands on the power grid.


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