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10 February 2020

Dr. Michael Webber, a Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, is the Josey Centennial Professor of Energy Resources and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Webber’s book— Thirst for Power— was recently turned into a documentary, which was screened at the DISTRIBUTECH energy conference in San Antonio. The documentary traces the centuries-old relationship between water and power, emphasizing different milestones in the water management industry, such as waste treatment and hydropower technology. It further underscores the delicate relationship between water and energy and highlights that humans are particularly sensitive to this dynamic, given the integral role played by water in energy production. The film also explains that despite humans having learned how to use water more efficiently, we still must make considerable strides towards wise water management. In the panel discussion following the screening, Dr. Webber noted that his ambition to help make the documentary was rooted in its reach, given that academic papers have a much more limited audience. Read more and watch the trailer here.  

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