Through The Static

April 27, 2008

‘Water wars’ with U.S. in our future: experts

Filed under: Environment,Politics — disciplepete @ 3:42 pm

This is from the Canadian media, it’s about how the battle for increasingly scarce water resources might be heating up soon.

Parched U.S. states could start “water wars” in the years ahead and fight for access to Great Lakes resources as they become more desperate to meet growing needs, Canadian and American experts said yesterday at a water conference.

Southwestern U.S. states are already concerned about dwindling water resources, and the impacts of climate change are exacerbating their problems, said Environment Canada’s Linda Mortsch, who worked on the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports.

Water issues that are currently emerging will develop into bitter conflicts in the not too distant future when those dry states become increasingly desperate, said Milton Clark, a senior health and science adviser for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“We will, in fact, get into major water wars,” Clark said. “You will see water wars coming in every way, shape or form. In the U.S., there are some leading politicians who have said the Great Lakes do, in fact, belong (to everyone) and all water should be nationalized — and this certainly is a concern.”

Earlier this month, Ohio Lt.-Gov. Lee Fisher made headlines when he told an economic development summit the Great Lakes region may be less than a decade away from selling water to other U.S. states in need. (article)


1 Comment »

  1. Was Kevin Costner ahead of his time? Oh wait, that was Water WORLD.

    I must say, though, that this is becoming an increasing concern for me because I kinda have an idea as to where all this is going. Down the drain. Not the war, but human access to resources. =/

    Comment by Aliiiiiiice — April 28, 2008 @ 9:32 am | Reply

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