Austin Troy Quotes

Two millennia later, many ancient Roman aqueducts remain serviceable … Operating with no external energy requirements, these brilliantly engineered channels functioned for centuries, … vulnerable only to seismic activity—and eventually of course to conquest. But despite modern materials and engineering methods, the water delivery service of the American West is comparatively ephemeral—for the sole reason that it depends so much on energy. We have built major cities in response to the engineered availability of water, and we did so in an era when energy was cheap and apparently plentiful, But ultimately the price of energy might be as destructive to our public water supplies as invading barbarians were to Rome’s.

 
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Austin Troy, Environmental Scholar, “The Very Hungry City”, 2011

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