Exceptionalism II—What’s Happening to our WaterJanuary 31st, 2014 | Posted by in Economic Justice
Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink
Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink
Samuel Taylor Coleridge—“The Rime of the Ancient Marnier” (1798)
You’re sitting in your living room and suddenly you remember to take your medication; you head to the kitchen, turn on the water faucet—nothing happens—not one drop of water. That’s what’s happening in California’s Sacramento Valley, San Joaquin Valley, and other valleys. These valleys help feed the millions of people. And they need water. According to the Huffington Post, these shortages of water will drive up food cost. Examples: to produce one gallon of milk, it takes 880 gallons of water; to produce one pound of beef, it takes 1,799 gallons of water; one pound of rice, 449 gallons.
“You never miss your water ‘til your well runs dry,” is from a blues song written by Don Cornelius, creator of the dance show, “Soul Train.” Pretty soon we will start missing our water because the wells have begun to run dry.
Our national leadership is silent when it comes to America’s water shortage that results from fracking, chemical spills, and shipping large bladders of it to China—mind you, these large bladders are sucked from America’s Great Lakes!
Just how serious is our water shortage? Our wells are being drained dry right under our nose; and we sit complacent, docile, vulnerable—how exceptional!!
After you watch the video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tx65EeLk4Ro, think of these questions:
1. Why are we allowing corporations to take water from America’s Great Lakes and ship it to China in huge bladders?
2. How come the Bush family bought 100,000 acres of land in Paraguay, where the world’s largest aquifer is?
3. Why did T. Bone Pickens, the billionaire oil magnet, buy the largest aquifer in the U. S.?
4. Is water becoming more valuable than oil? If so, what does that portend for the masses?
5. Which chemicals are being put in our water sources? Why? And, which chemicals are put in the plastic water bottles that are made in China?
6. Why is our water being privatized and sold back to us at some $4 per gallon?
If the content of the video mentioned above is true, our water sources are being severely compromised. The main reason for that is because of our largest deficit: Leadership. Former U. S. Comptroller, David Walker says, “Our largest national deficit is a leadership deficit.” With few exceptions, our national leaders are dysfunctional, and with impunity. And there’s no structure in place to hold them accountable. It is estimated that within 20 years, only the wealthy will have access to water. What about the rest of us? And should we remain silent?
What are your thoughts?