China’s Water Problem Is Already Here
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  • MWFlorida

    While I agree with the general conclusion that China is seriously short of clean fresh water, I take exception to the gratuitous shot at fracking.

    About 19,000 wells were fracked in the U.S. during 2012. The average water usage was 3 million gallons per well. That may sound like a lot, but it is really peanuts.

    In 2005 (the latest year for which I could find data, but water usage isn’t changing much) the U.S. used 44,200 million gallons PER DAY just for public water supply. Irrigation and power generation use many multiples of that quantity.

    If you multiply out the numbers, in 2012 fracking consumed 0.35% of the water used for public supply and well less than 0.1% of total water usage.

    The water usage argument against fracking is yet another example of environmentalist sensationalism.

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