Water management needs to be stepped up

Massachusetts deserves a huge gold star for leading the way on curbing carbon dioxide emissions that threaten our children with catastrophic climate change (“Mass. to lower cap on emissions by power plants,” Page A1, Feb. 8). The latest initiative to reduce power plant emissions is a logical step toward achieving the whopping 80 percent reduction in emissions called for by the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act.

Reaching that goal will require an all-of-the-above approach, involving every sector of the economy. But in one way, Massachusetts may be moving in the wrong direction. Considering that water-related energy consumption constitutes well over 10 percent of the total, the state’s recent decision to set “safe yield” water withdrawal limits that are up to six times higher than current withdrawals from rivers and streams is highly inappropriate.

Paul Lauenstein


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