Hydropower is a familiar clean energy option but when there’s no water, there’s a definite increase in emissions from other less sustainable energy sources. This may seem like a no brainer but with the possibility of increasing droughts due to climate change, this could spell big trouble for many clean energy efforts.
This may seem like a minor issue but the problem is really in places that count on hydropower to help them lower their emissions and carbon footprints. If there are no other options and water dries up then they’ll be falling right back into those same harmful practices.
This is why it is so important to look at a number of sustainable options as we work to halting the issues caused by not caring sufficiently for our environment. Although this issue is contained to the west of the United States at this time, as climate change increases, other locations may begin to see similar issues.