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Postre: Economics: World Water Rights (Joe Listo, Brazil) (John Eipper, USA, 08/21/10 8:01 am)
Joe Listo writes:
Is fresh water shortage really an eminent problem? If the data contained in the site below are correct, the Guarany Aquifer should be able to provide water for the entire world population for about 200 years. I don't see a big problem of water control falling into the hands of corporations if proper legislation is passed in order to control how they distribute and charge for the water they may come to process.
JE comments: The water is there, in the enormous Guarany Aquifer beneath Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina, as well as in the Great Lakes of my neighborhood, which are veritable freshwater oceans. (I stood on the shores of Lake Huron just last week, and never fail to marvel at the quantity of water.) The problem lies in the economics and the politics of distribution. How could South American water be transported to, say, Yemen? Will the water "haves" increasingly be calling the shots in geopolitics? With due respect to my friends in Southern California and Arizona, I personally welcome this possibility, as our down-and-out state of Michigan needs something to give it political clout.