Bending the Third Rail
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Monday, March 13, 2006
Water, Water Everywhere?
According to an article in this week’s London Independent, Britain’s Defense Secretary John Reid predicts that in the near future wars will not be fought for oil. They will be fought for water.

And the leading cause of diminishing water supplies everywhere? Global warming.

Right. Global warming, that scientific specter of oncoming doom that the U.S. government has made a business of doubting, is now a universally recognized reality everywhere but in the United States.

I'm not Catholic, but I respect this nun's opinion. It's also nice to see the religious finally acknowledge the harm to our environment. More:
Water wars, far more serious than wars for oil because of their universal implications, are on the way tomorrow if we don’t do something about global warming today. Reid predicts that we can expect violent confrontation over water in the next 20 to 30 years. In fact, he ranks climate changes due to global warming alongside international terrorism, demographic changes and global energy demands as the major threats facing the world in future decades.

Entire article here.
Not all rich and powerful Americans are oblivious to this threat: T. Boone Pickens is buying up water rights in Texas.
A new undertaking by Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens is even more disconcerting. Pickens has been acquiring acreage overlying the Ogallala aquifer with hopes that he could pump and sell the as much as 200,000 AFY of water to one of the state’s metropolitan centers – El Paso, Lubbock, San Antonio, or Dallas-Fort Worth. Ogallala is already severely depleted. The West Texas farmers rely on the aquifer for water. The aquifer’s minimal recharge rate of less then one AFY means that its users are mining fossil water that will not be replenished.
Blogger GreyHair said...
I've written a bit about the agricultural giant, J.G. Boswell here in California. Their history is one of buying/stealing water rights since the early 1900's. At this point, they still have over 100,000 acres of cotton in cultivation in the Central Valley. But many have speculated that it would be more profitable for Boswell to sell it's water rights to Southern California. The value of those rights is estimated to be $8-10 Billion dollars (that's right, BILLION).

Blogger Lynne said...
It's obscene for the public to have to purchase a basic necessity from a corporation or individual. What's next--air?