It is an unbelievably scary scenario, no matter how you slice it. Thanks for spreading this message, because I agree, the effects will be more dramatic than anyone knows how to deal with. I mean to even contemplate the societal effects of true competition for water where access has barely been a thought is simply terrifying.
Yet, the pro-oil shale discussions continue to pervade and each lob-sided commercial on TV or radio spread such glowing messages it is painfully hard to watch and listen knowing what a decision to pursue them as a major energy source could entail. Another great example of turning a blind eye to the long term picture.
Sadly, it seems like the message you and the article spread is faint comparatively, how can we begin to bring it main stage? Or is it already to a degree? I think the solar community really needs to keep this in mind and embrace the "dry" model as some have developed, or else this could be an incredibly powerful blow against the industry and by extension renewables as a whole.
Thanks for the post and the work you do, it's my hope for me to be able to contribute as much one day soon too!