Sunday, October 16, 2011

Mexico’s newest export to US may be water

Mexico’s newest export to US may be water
Western states are looking south of the border for water to fill drinking glasses, flush toilets and sprinkle lawns, as four major U.S. water districts help plan one of two huge desalination plant proposals in Playas de Rosarito, about 15 miles south of San Diego. Combined, they would produce 150 million gallons a day, enough to supply more than 300,000 homes on both sides of the border.
I gather that the plan is to put these desalination plants in Mexico so US corporations can avoid environmental regulations. On Fred Pilot's recommendation I just watched National Geographic's Collapse, a documentary on how and why our civilization may collapse. Just some light Sunday morning viewing. I have read a bunch of books about this, so it wasn't new material, but it is an excellent 90 minute summary of the situation we face. And of course we here in the US are busy debating evolution.


Anonymous said...

The obvious solution is to privatize water (a 4 minute excerpt from the 2003 documentary "The Corporation").

Narrator: The prospect that two thirds of the world's population will have no access to fresh drinking water by 2025, has provoked the initial confrontations in a world-wide battle for control over the planet's most basic resource. When Bolivia sought to refinance the public water services of its third largest city, the World Bank required that it be privatised, which is how the Bechtel Corporation of San Francisco gained control over all Cochabamba's water, even that which fell from the sky.

Oscar Olivera: All these laws and contracts also prohibited people from gathering rainwater. So rainwater was also privatised. Unpaid bills gave the company rights to repossess debtors' homes and to auction them off. People had to make choices: from eating less and paying for water and basic services, to not sending their children to school, or not going to the hospital and treating illnesses at home; or, in the case of retired people who have very low incomes, they had to go out and work on the streets. Then, with the slogan: "The Water is Ours, Damn it!" People took to the streets to protest.

Anonymous said...

"I just watched National Geographic's Collapse, a documentary on how and why our civilization may collapse."

As a kid in the 1970s, I used to watch "Ark II", a Saturday morning live-action show about a group of scientists roaming the post-apocalypse wasteland:

and later "Thundarr the Barbarian", where the destruction of civilization was shown in the opening intro:

Before that there was the "Return to the Planet of the Apes" Saturday morning cartoon:

How many of today's kids' shows have orangutans talking about hunting humans for "legitimate sport" (at 3 min. 49 sec. into the first episode. : )

Let's face it. Today's Saturday morning cartoons are not properly preparing our children to deal with the Post-Apocalypse World Order they will inherit from us.

Idiocracy said...

Why aren't we importing the sports-drink Brawndo instead? It's got the electrolytes that plants crave.

"Brawndo, 'the Thirst Mutilator', had come to replace water virtually everywhere. Water, the basic component of all life, had been deemed a threat to Brawndo's profit margin. The solution came during the budget crisis of 2330, when the Brawndo Corporation simply bought the FDA and the FCC, enabling them to say, do, and sell anything they wanted."