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Don't forget the need for cooling. Arizona effectively ships, in the form of electricity, a chunk of its valuable water resources to California by using it for evaporative cooling on thermal solar plants.

http://ag.arizona.edu/azwater/awr/septoct08/d3aa3f8e-7f00-0101-0097-9f6724822dfe.html

by asdf on Tue May 4th, 2010 at 09:50:30 PM EST
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I wonder if there's a way to do steam recapture, forcing the emissions into bedrock, and using the earth itself as a type of heat sink.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Tue May 4th, 2010 at 10:05:33 PM EST
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Maybe, but you don't have to go down very far before it gets pretty hot. Plus, rock and earth are good insulators, so you would need huge amounts of area...
by asdf on Tue May 4th, 2010 at 10:45:26 PM EST
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