Friday, May 22, 2009

Water Water Water!

(Mos Def Said:)
There's nothing more refreshing (that cool refreshing drink)
Than a cool, crisp, clean glass of water
On a warm summer's day (That cool refreshing drink)
Try it with your friends

New World Water make the tide rise high
Come inland and make your house go "Bye" (My house!)
Fools done upset the Old Man River
Made him carry slave ships and fed him dead nigga
Now his belly full and he about to flood somethin
So I'ma throw a rope that ain't tied to nothin
Tell your crew use the H2 in wise amounts since
it's the New World Water; and every drop counts
You can laugh and take it as a joke if you wanna
But it don't rain for four weeks some summers
And it's about to get real wild in the half
You be buying Evian just to take a fuckin bath
Heads is acting wild, sippin poor, puffin dank
Competin with the next man for higher playin rank
See I ain't got time try to be Big Hank,
Fuck a bank; I need a twenty-year water tank
Cause while these knuckleheads is out here sweatin they goods
The sun is sitting in the treetops burnin the woods
And as the flames from the blaze get higher and higher
They say, "Don't drink the water! We need it for the fire!"
New York is drinkin it (New World Water)
Now all of California is drinkin it (New World Water)
Way up north and down south is drinkin it (New World Water)
Used to have minerals and zinc in it (New World Water)
Now they say it got lead and stink in it (New World Water)
Fluorocarbons and monoxide
Push the water table lopside
Used to be free now it cost you a fee

A young man asked me one afternoon while riding commuter rail, with the current financial crisiss what would be a prudent investment...I said, Water! Even Oil tycoon corporate raider Boone T Pickens has switched gears and is investing in wind and water, why?

A quick spin spin through recent headlines reveals just how badly and soon we're going to desperately need new supplies of freshwater: Over the past 18 months in the United States alone, the governor of Georgia declared a state of emergency due to water shortages; salmonella contaminated municipal water in Colorado, Las Vegas Nevada will experience shortages from depleted levels in Lake Mead due area overgrowth; and eight other states ratified the Great Lakes Basin Compact, an agreement designed to ensure that the Great Lakes water, nearly 20 percent of the worlds freshwater, won't be shipped beyond those basins not even to nearby Minneapolis or Pittsburgh.

No this not something of Science Fiction or recent James Bond Film. Worldwide, the picture is far bleaker. Global water consumption has roughly doubled since World War II. Over 1.1 billion people still don't have access to a clean, reliable supply.

Several multinationals stand to profit and control the worlds drinking supply. GE Water, Coca Cola, Halliburton are a few, In 2005 GE Water, acquired Ionics and three other market-leading water services companies. GE Water is a 2bn business unit, employing 78,000 people in 43 countries. And the company has aims for $5bn in water revenue in the next five years. The question is what impact will this have on our economic, and geopolitical future, and what detrimental impact on environment of future generations.

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