Jewish Energy Guide – A Sea Change: Wave, Tidal and Hydroelectric Power

Summary: The ocean, according to Pulitzer Prize finalist Dr. Christopher Vaughan, is a relatively untapped resource, but advances are now being made in creating wave and tidal energy systems.

The complex relationship between energy and water promises to be one of the most significant factors in global development going forward. Freshwater supplies are endangered in general, but the equation varies greatly by region and state of development. Most uses of water in energy production result in electricity generation, typically using hydraulic turbines in dammed rivers. Energy derived from water sources varies from an almost complete reliance on hydroelectric power in many nations to relatively scanty percentages in the United States (about 6.6 percent) and Israel (less than 1 percent). Worldwide, hydroelectric sources comprise 20 percent of energy supplies.

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Dr. Christopher Vaughan is a scholar, activist and award winning journalist. As a Pulitzer Prize finalist, foreign correspondent, editor, professor and organizer, he has written about energy and the environment in the context of political and economic struggle. Vaughan previously served as an associate professor and director of the journalism program at Santa Clara University and as an assistant professor of journalism and mass media at Rutgers University. A former reporter for The Associated Press, Gannett News Service and the Miami Herald, he has reported internationally from Asia, Central America and the Caribbean. Vaughan holds a doctorate in history from the University of California, Berkeley.

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