Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Water

Water, water, not everywhere . . .

Bought -- and withheld -- as a commodity, where Nestle CEO Peter Brabeck-Letmathe has said that  "...access to water is not a human right":

The current Chairman and former CEO of Nestlé, the largest producer of food products in the world, believes that the answer to global water issues is privatization. This statement is on record from the wonderful company that has peddled junk food in the Amazon, has invested money to thwart the labeling of GMO-filled products, has a disturbing health and ethics record for its infant formula, and has deployed a cyber army to monitor Internet criticism and shape discussions in social media.(Global Research)
Water polluted, as West Virginia residents struggle with the pollution of their water due to a chemical spill:

Residents of Putnam County, W. Va., who thought their water troubles were over got some unwelcome news Friday morning: an order by the water company instructing them to avoid drinking and to limit contact with the water. Testing revealed higher levels of the leaked chemical than had been determined safe.
"I took a shower after they told me it was a green light," one resident said. "That's what made me mad."
Three hundred thousand residents had been under water restrictions since last Friday when a chemical used to clean coal leaked into the water supply. Residents couldn't shower or cook with it and had to drink bottled water.
Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta warned pregnant women to avoid drinking the water. (CBS News)
Freedom Industries, responsible for the pollution, declared bankruptcy, obviously in order to avoid taking fiscal responsibility for their actions.

 Water scare, due to dry winters in Oregon:
Three-Quarters Oregon in Severe Drought | KEZI: CORVALLIS, Ore. — A new report indicates that almost 75 percent of Oregon is in severe drought, and scientists are worried about this winter’s trends.
“Three of our wettest months are usually November, December, and January,” said Kathie Dello, the Deputy Director of Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University.“We’ve seen a dry November and December, and now we’re seeing a dry January.And now we’re starting to worry about it.”
The U.S. Drought Monitor released its latest numbers on Thursday, showing nearly 75 percent of Oregon is considered to be in severe drought, as opposed to less than 5 percent a year ago.
as well as California, where Governor Brown has declared a state of emergency:

The situation in most of California and northern Nevada is extremely dry, according to the most recent report Thursday from the U.S. Drought Monitor, a federal website that tracks drought nationwide. Almost 99% of California is considered abnormally dry or worse; almost two-thirds of the state is in extreme drought.2013 became the driest year on record in California; San Francisco had the least rain since record keeping there began during the gold rush of 1849. (USA Today.)

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