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Energy development in the Colorado River basin is mostly derived from the burning of fossil fuels and particularly at coal-fired generation stations located in rural communities. There is one nuclear power plant near Phoenix, AZ and another has been proposed near the city of Green River in eastern Utah. Ironically, because this desert landscape has so much sunshine, roof-top solar power generation is negligible, in comparison.
Uses of this power is dedicated to mechanically lift Colorado River water to higher elevations for consumption by industrial agriculture and ever-expanding municipalities. The Colorado River basin has some of the coldest (Gunnison, CO) and the hottest temperatures (Yuma, AZ) in the United States, and climate control in homes and buildings is the dominant use of this energy consumption.
Unfortunately, the development of energy resources from oil shale (kerogen) and tar sands (bitumen) is currently under consideration (mostly in eastern Utah and western Colorado) and if these dirty fuels are fully exploited, the Colorado River's water will be seriously challenged both in quantity and in quality.
This form of energy development was promulgated by the 2005 Energy Policy Act, which is probably the most damaging legislation to air, water and land resources ever devised. Here is the
2005 - Energy Policy Act. Wikipedia.
2007- Energy Independence and Security Act. Wikipedia.
Solutions from Stanford University
Colorado River Energy Distributrors Association
URANIUM MINING AND MILLING
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