Conflict between climate, energy and water policies: lessons from the United States (Canberra)



31 May 2011

Michael Webber introduced the climate, energy and water nexus with particular reference to the situation in Texas, a jurisdiction of similar dimensions to Australia and with similar climate, energy and water challenges. He outlined the limits to new fossil, nuclear and renewable energy generation due to water scarcity, and the energy demand implications of supplementing water supplies. A. Prof. Webber concluded by outlining examples of potential knowledge, technological and regulatory solutions to the climate, energy and water nexus from Texas and the United States more broadly, and gave his thoughts on priority policy measures.

This event was presented in Canberra by the Crawford School of Economics and Government, ANU and the HC Coombs Policy Forum, ANU and the Dow Sustainability Program at the US Studies Centre.


  • Michael Webber
    Associate Professor, University of Texas

    Michael Webber is based at the University of Texas, Austin, where he is Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Associate Director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy in the Jackson School of Geosciences and Co-Director of the Clean Energy Incubator at the Austin Technology Incubator. Michael also has a background in national security at the RAND Corporation.

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