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“Blue Gold: World Water Wars”
"Wars of the future will be fought over water, as they are today over oil, as the source of all life
enters the global marketplace and political arena. Corporate giants, private investors, and corrupt
governments vie for control of our dwindling fresh water supply, prompting protests, lawsuits, and
revolutions from citizens fighting for the right to survive. Past civilizations have collapsed from poor
water management. Will ours too?"
Ten Big Cities Running Out of Water!
This is the headline from
24 /7 Wall Street
, 1 November 2010.
The competition for water could make life in some of America's largest
cities nearly unbearable for residents.
–RESIDENTS: Not enough water to wash clothes and dishes. Drinking water might be limited
–INDUSTRIES: A number of industries rely on regular access to water. Some people would be
out of work if these industries had poor prospects for continued operation.
–FINANCIAL: Cities have sold bonds based on their needs for infrastructure to move, clean
and supply water. Extreme disruptions of the water supply of any city would have severe
The worst off USA cities include Los Angeles (ugh)
–There’s not enough water from the Colorado River and Northern California
–Other cities: Houston, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Francisco, Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Tucson,
Internationally, many cities are water challenged
–Mexico City, Peru, cities receiving water from eastern Turkey (in Palestine, Israel, Jordan,
etc.) And on and on!
The Brownsville Matamoros Area
• Texas, Brownsville Move to Get Water for Water Starved Matamoros
– The State of Texas and the Brownsville Public Utility Board (PUB) have agreed to provide short
term municipal water needs for Matamoros, the state's top environmental official said today. Robert
J. Huston, Chairman of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC), said
meeting the needs of cities while assuring fair and legal allocation of water from the Lower Rio
Grande remains a "top priority" for Texas.
Walking, Biking Driving an Automobile Riding a Bus, Tram, Train, Plane
In the USA and many other countries, we rely primarily on
travel comparatively long distances.
– The exhaust causes air pollution – and some water pollution too
• Of course, it’s not the only cause! Industry is a contributor, and even fertilizing our lawns is a
– More cement and asphalt reduces climate-helpful vegetation.