January 7, 2008

And Not A Drop To Drink

A mostly good article today in Salon about water. And the fact that over half of the U.S. (and most of the world) is rapidly running out of fresh water. My trundle-along reading led me about five years ago to understand that water is the new oil - all future wars will be over water, long after various Republicans are still duking it out to keep their Hummers humming.

See, all those people that bitched about cold winters and headed south to occupy what are essentially desert lands are now having a hard time keeping their golf courses from blowing away. I can see my father shaking his head now, as he did when he was alive, that anyone would be stupid enough to move away from water - have people become so stupid they ignore the most important lesson man learned after he evolved? We come from water; we are water.

Even if you only watch Survivor on TV, what's the first thing they always have to do? Yup. Find water. Even those morons get it. Anyway, back to our regularly scheduled rant. I've written in this space before about Atlanta's dire situation regarding Lake Lanier drying up. And what's the first thing the politicians do to try and save their jobs? Well, they talk about where they can get more water from. And they cast their eyes north, where we all stand in front of our Great Lakes like a kid trying to hide a broken lamp from his mother.

The article basically tells the thirsty to move back. The mid-west had been hollowed out by people fleeing bad winters. He points out it makes far more sense to move people than water, and besides, you can't have the water. My only fault with the piece is he forgets that, uhm, Canada owns 4/5 of those Great Lakes, and while we are known for being polite and acquiescent on many fronts, don't mess with our water. Really. Step away from the water.

Go into the reader comments, however, and you'll see this point rapidly made. This issue is contentious, and is set to get far worse. We currently have a government that sits in George W.'s purse like Paris Hilton's Chihuahua - start getting your fight on for this war.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not only this government, there are many before that sold us "down the drain"...does $300,000.00 ring a bell, NFTA, without mentioning the person involved although the $300,000.00 had nothing to down with the drano affect???... This has been an issue for along time between us and the U.S. and if they don't get it, they blow us up...It is simply the American logic if I may call it that??? And when you have a president that stated, "most of our imports come from other countries", take the red button away from him... He makes Regan look good on a bad day...

January 07, 2008 10:40 AM  
Blogger DJW said...

How typical of us!
We migrate to someplace perfect, then complain and try to change it.

Those who complain that the desert is dry (duh) would be the same ones that complain that the north is cold!

You chose your bed, now lie in it!

On a separate, but related, topic, we have in some cases, gone too far on our water conservation efforts. (huh?)

Sewermains are designed to be self cleaning, meaning they flush themselves. However, with the advent of low flow showers, toilets and appliances, were not putting as much water down there as we used to, and the solids are clogging the system. If you know you have low flow fixtures in your house, every so often, pour a bucket of water down the highest toilet you have. It will help flush your system, and increase the capacity on your street.

This Public Service announcement has been brought to you by DJW

January 07, 2008 11:30 AM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

More like my breakfast is back, courtesy of DJW...:)

January 07, 2008 11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the 70's, when we were all worried about the energy crisis (read, oil), a friend said to forget about oil, the next world war would be over fresh water. We scoffed.

January 07, 2008 11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't forget Canada. I mentioned that Bush got a cold shoulder when he tried to talk to Chretien about water diversions.

-- Ted McClelland

January 07, 2008 12:24 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Sorry about that Ted. Too many articles treat Michigan like a giant spigot without recognizing the source, including some of the U.S. politicians you note.

Water might finally be the thing that gets Canadians to get their backs up - it'll be interesting, to say the least.

January 07, 2008 12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

from the passage in the bible that states we will destroy this planet earth, our lives included, oh it was so right...fine job we are doing for greed and competition with neighbours and we are noted to be the smartest ones too inhabit the earth, who are the worse??? Most are politicans I guess???

January 07, 2008 1:13 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Oh please, leave the bible outside the door. This has nothing to do with that, and everything to do with our self-determination.

We broke it, we will fix it. Or not.

January 07, 2008 1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a feeling we will not fix it, that is the problem...I hope we do but political ambitions stand in the way... they'll sell us out much like the Avro Arrow project...their personal pocket book is what matters and too hell with us...history tends to repeat itself far too often whether we like it or not and we in Canada, are far too complacent...the U.S will bark and we will cater like little puppies...

January 07, 2008 1:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Puppies cater?

Cuz my dog has a birthday coming up.

January 07, 2008 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey Gibby, you're funny.

January 09, 2008 10:47 AM  

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