The world is going berzerko due to the lack of water...
February 9, 2012: Every year about 2 million people, most of them children, die from lack of water, either directly or indirectly through lack of sanitation; that’s twice as many people as the United States killed in Iraq. Estimates of international agencies put the number at 1.1 billion who do not have access to enough water to drink, cook with, or properly bathe.
Water is a commons... it cannot be owned as private property and sold as a commodity.
It seemed that Bechtel, somehow, had gotten hold of the country’s water supply. I didn’t understand how that was possible, plus I’d never associated Bechtel, which is mostly a construction outfit once run by Reagan’s pal (and Secretary of State) George Schultz, with water. What could that possibly be about? As it happens, Bechtel is involved in over 200 water and wastewater projects in more than 100 countries around the world.
Cochabamba, Bolivia, is a semi-desert region. Water is a scarce precious resource. In 1999, the World Bank told Bolivia that in order to obtain a much-needed $600 million in international debt relief, it would have to privatize Cochabamba’s public water system, giving the concession to a Bechtel subsidiary, International Water. The impact was immediate: many poor families had to choose between food and water. The government responded by imposing martial law.
In November 2001, Bechtel filed a lawsuit before the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, which happens to be located on the grounds of the World Bank in Washington, D.C. The ICSID holds its sessions in private. The public and the media are barred from the proceedings. In most places on earth, regardless of the people living there, the unholy alliance between multinational corporations, the World Bank, and governments has produced vast profits for the principals and increasing misery for the people. The World Bank is actually just the operative arm of the largest U.S. banks.
Any country faced with a large debt, and there are many, is forced by the IMF and the World Bank to privatize water. Corporations such as Coca-Cola, Bechtel, Nestle, Pepsi-Cola, and the French company, Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux, have bought off local governments, imposed horrendous conditions.
It is a common demand of these entities as one of the conditions of a loan. They also insist on creation of policies which guarantee “full cost recovery” and the elimination of internal government subsidies. In Ghana, for example, thanks to the World Bank, the forced sale of water at "market rates" required the poor to spend up to half of their earnings on water.
In Argentina, the President Kirchner and his wife sent such shock waves through the world’s banking giants when they got themselves elected in Argentina and promptly told the World Bank to go fuck itself.
Soon after taking office in May 2003, Néstor Carlos Kirchner Ostoić surprised some Argentinians by standing down powerful military and police officials. Stressing the need to increase accountability and transparency in government, Kirchner overturned amnesty laws for military officers accused of torture and assassinations during the 1976–1983 "Dirty War" under military rule. . In 2009, he was elected a National Deputy for Buenos Aires Province. He was also designated Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations on 4 May 2010. He died on Oct. 27, 2003.
On 28 October 2007, his wife Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was elected to succeed him as President of Argentina. Thus, Kirchner then became the First Gentleman of Argentina.
India is another classic example, although there it is Coca-Cola, which has essentially appropriated the water needed for local agriculture, which is despoiling large portions of the country. Irrigation wells have run dry because Coke draws up to 1.5 million litres of water daily through its deep wells...as local farmers are denied water. The Coca-Cola bottling plant was producing thousands of gallons of toxic sludge and, as the BBC reported, disposed of it by selling the carcinogenic material to local farmers as "fertilizer." The company is able to extract groundwater free of charge. Farmers are no longer able to feed their families because Coca-Cola has destroyed their farms. What we see happening with Coca-Cola has been happening all over India. Without adequate water supplies, the 70 percent of Indians who make their living from agriculture have nothing. The rich are able to acquire powerful pumps and extract more and more water with no limits.
“under current practices” one-third of the world’s population would have access to only half the water they need by the year 2030.
The U.S. led war first bombed out Iraq’s hospitals, bridges, and water works. Blood was not just shed for oil, but for control over water and other vital services. Within a month of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, Bechtel acquired a $680 million contract for "rebuilding" the country we destroyed. Reagan’s Secretary of State, George Schultz, is a board member and senior counsel for Bechtel. Source: an article, Bechtel And Blood For Water: War As An Excuse For Enlarging Corporate Rule by Vandana Shiva)
Coca-Cola is big in Mexico, very big. It is the number one Coke consuming nation in the world. Its impact on the water supply has been catastrophic. Some 12 million people have no access to piped water and 32 million have no access to proper sewage. The process of privatization has nearly swallowed the entirety of the country’s water. Yet the country hasn’t received much in return from Coca-Cola. In 2003, the company paid $29,000 for water concessions in the entire nation; in 2004, their profits from the bottling plant in San Cristobal de las Casas, the largest in the country and second largest in the world, alone reached $40 million. The Mexican state of Chiapas gets nearly half of Mexico’s total annual rainfall and contains a large percentage of its surface water.
Privatization of water is making inroads in the United States. In Sitka, Alaska, which is home to one of the world’s most spectacular lakes, the Blue Lake Reservoir holds trillions of gallons of water so pure it does not need any treatment.
Now, under the auspices of True Alaska Bottling and S2C Global, hundreds of millions of gallons are being siphoned into tankers and shipped to Mumbai, and from there to several cities in the MiddleEast. Water is being turned into a global commodity.
For more just google, the name of a country, water, and the World Bank.
and we need to reduce our populations.
Dick McManus for Congress, 2nd CD-WA, 2012
Democrat, PCO (precinct officer (the “C” is confusing people), Everett/Mill Creek, WA
CW3/counterintelligence special agent, US Army, retired.
I want the Democratic Party platform to say “Population growth is a problem.” Because I believe this is an answer to peak oil, global climate change, and the storage of fresh water.