U.S. security at risk over water
March 22nd, 2012
11:01 AM ET

U.S. security at risk over water

By Pam Benson

Water shortages, polluted water and floods will increase the risk of instability in nations important to U.S. national security interests, according to a new U.S. intelligence community assessment released Thursday.

"During the next 10 years, many countries important to the United States will almost certainly experience water problems - shortages, poor water quality, or floods - that will contribute to the risk of instability and state failure and increase regional tensions," the report from the office of the director of national intelligence states.

The assessment focused on seven key river basins located in the Middle East, Asia and Africa that are considered strategically important to the United States: the Indus, Jordan, Mekong, Nile, Tigris-Euphrates, Amu Darya and Brahmaputra basins.

The intelligence report indicates conflict between nations over water problems is unlikely in the next 10 years, but after that, water in shared basins will increasingly be used by some nations as leverage over their neighbors, the report says.

A senior U.S. intelligence official who briefed reporters on the report said, "It's very difficult to be specific about where because it depends upon what individual states do and what actions are taken on water issues between states."

The study also warns of the potential for water to be used as a weapon, "with more powerful upstream nations impeding or cutting off downstream flow."

Water could also become a terrorist tool, according to the report. The U.S. official said that, "because terrorists are seeking more high visibility items to attack, in some cases we identified fragile water infrastructure that could potentially be a target for terrorism activity." A likely target would be dams.

The official also said terrorist groups could take advantage of large movements of people displaced by water issues in vulnerable nations.

The report indicates water supplies will not keep up with the increasing demand posed by a growing world population.

Climate change will further aggravate the water problems in many areas, as will continued economic development, the report says.

"The lack of adequate water," it says, "will be destabilizing factor in some countries because they do not have the financial resources or the technical ability to solve their internal water problems."

Food markets are threatened by depletion of ground water in some agriculture areas of the world. Unless corrective steps are taken, food production will decline, increasing the stress on global markets, the report predicts.

The intelligence community assessed that by 2040, water shortages and pollution will harm the economic performance of important trading partners.

The study does not name specific countries, because it is based on a classified national intelligence estimate.

But the report indicates that increasing populations, industrial development and climate change in South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa will make it difficult for those regions to deal with water problems.

The report does say that improved water management and investment in water-related sectors, such as agriculture, hydroelectric power and water treatment, could compensate for increased demand over next 30 years.

Since agriculture uses nearly 70% of all ground water, the report states it has the most potential to provide relief if technological changes are implemented such as large-scale drip irrigation systems.

The intelligence study suggests developing countries are likely to turn to the United States to lead the effort to resolve water problems, because of its technological capabilities.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was concerned about how global water problems could affect U.S. security interests over the next 30 years, requested the study on global water security. The National Intelligence Council prepared the assessment with contributions from 10 intelligence organizations.  

At a World Water Day event at the State Department on Thursday,  Clinton labeled the report "sobering," and called on everyone to read it to "see how imperative clean water and access to water is to future peace, security, and prosperity, globally." 

The Secretary also used the occasion to announce a new effort called the U.S. Water Partnership which bring together experts in the private sector and government to find system wide solutions to water problems.

 

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  7. KIM IS GAY

    it takes 3 gallons of water to make 1 gallon of oil from fracking WTF!!!! how on earth is that productive. Every piss you take you flush about 2-3 gallons of water a flush lets see theres 176 million citizens all pissing crapping and drinking about 3-5 gallons a day thats about 885 Million gallons of water a day not to mention corporations laundry facilities soda companies and just about everything uses water if its yellow let it mellow if its brown flush it down!

    March 30, 2012 at 1:33 am | Reply
  8. Sapphire Jones

    Worried about water? Ban fracking now!

    March 24, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Reply
  9. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    @Degrin:

    I am an Indian American, and I do agree with you when you say that India must control its population growth.

    But the greatest problem with India is that it's a democracy and can't force its people the way communist China does.

    Secondly & most importantly the MUSLIM POPULATION GROWTH in India had been much higher than the growth of all other groups. That's also true in EUROPE where the MUSLIM POPULATION IS GROWING at as much as 10 TIMES the local population.

    One of the greatest reasons for this is MUSLIM PANDERING going on in India, Europe and much of the free world. In India while IT IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE FOR A NON-MUSLIM TO HAVE MORE THAN ONE WIFE, MUSLIMS (Like our own Mr.FAREED ZAKARIA's highly educated BUT POLYGAMIST Islamic Scholar father Mr. RAFIQ ZAKARIA) are allowed to have multiple wives !!!!

    No wonder we see this ADVERSE population growth not only impacting those countries, but eventually the rest of the world..........AND THE FIRST CASUALTY OF THIS UNIMPEDED POP.GROWTH IS SCARE WATER RESOURCES.

    It's no secret that this population explosion leads to civil unrest such as between various Indian states, and even war, as is slowly unfolding between India and Pakistan now!

    March 22, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Reply
    • saywhat

      go to sleep fool

      March 23, 2012 at 12:46 am | Reply
    • KIM IS GAY

      your an idiot to make remakrs like that Indias problem is that its a democracy someone slap this fool!

      March 30, 2012 at 1:19 am | Reply
  10. twang

    We have water,we can trade them. A gallon of water for a gallon of gas, or a pint of water for a gallon of crude

    March 22, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Reply
  11. NorCalMojo

    Fewer babies, more infrastructure.

    It is the 21st century after all.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Reply
  12. Terrible_Ted

    As oil is a strategic resource so is water. The US government must exploit this natural resource to bring our enemies to their knees, The world is overpopulated. The worldwide democratic nations and worldwide conglomerates ruled over by nation friendly entrapaneurs must control the water resource to reduce the overpopulation problem. 4 billion unfortunates in 3rd world countries are ultimately expendable.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Reply
    • Brad76

      The world is not overpopulated, the entire population of the world can fit in the state of Texas. Enough of these terrible lies already.

      March 22, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Reply
      • Boisepoet

        You are not broadly traveled are you...such an ignorant comment can only come from an ignorant mind.

        March 22, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
  13. John B

    This is just the Earth's way of saying "stop screwing me up dammit!!!". Once enough humans are dead and the population is minimal (under 500k or so) the cycle will turn around.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Reply
  14. Pete/Ark

    Put signs in every public restroom reading "FLUSH IT TWICE , FOREIGN COUNTRIES NEED THE WATER".

    March 22, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  15. the wise

    Disolve Israel, end our problems.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Reply
    • John B

      You forgot the un.

      March 22, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Reply
  16. BoinkingBill

    The solution is very obvious. The countries with all the flooding should give the excess water to the countries that hardly have any.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  17. LMD

    well when the water supplies run out,we can all turn to the Bush family as they have been stockpiling water for a few yrs now. They buy up water right,bottle it,and when we are out,they will sell it to us-for a hefty price I am sure.But wait-why are they allowed to buy up water rights,run them dry,and then there is no more for the people? Talk about a circle jerk

    March 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Reply
  18. John Lennon

    More and more people pursuing fewer and fewer resources ... I'm sure it will work out fine. World peace. Koombayah. Can't we all just get along? Imagine no possessions, no countries.

    March 22, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Reply
    • BoinkingBill

      Better yet, no water no people.

      March 22, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Reply
  19. The Voice of Reason

    I hope the FBI enjoys watching my porn sessions every Friday and Saturday nights!

    March 22, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Reply
  20. AmesIA

    A free society is vulnerable in countless places. By definition terrorists goal is to change an opponents behavior with responses to FEAR. Fear is a poison. If we turn into a paranoid police state without ever coming under an actual attack the terrorists will have a stunning victory. As FDR once said, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

    March 22, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Reply
    • Chinatown

      NDAA, Patriot Act, FBI surveiling Youtube and Facebook not to mention other companies, Guantanamo, etc........I think we're already there.......and all that just from 1 terrorist act 10 YEARS AGO

      March 22, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Reply
      • Buzzer

        The only ones fearful are the ones that are doing something wrong...to include the detainees at Gitmo, unless you think they're "innocent" and should get a pass for attempting to kill our military service men and women...oh, but thats OK right? Over 1 in 4 that have been released from Gitmo are back on the Afghanistan battlefield killing not only Americans, but Afghan women and children. Domestically, we hear ALMOST NOTHING about what you're extremist thoughts are characterizing. Until there undeniable proof that innocent people are being abused by FBI, police (federal and state), DHS etc... BEYOND rare "mistakes" in ID'ing the correct perpertrators, then your claims are not creditable and your characterizations of these law enforcement personnel as "terrorists" is despicable.

        March 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
      • Buzzer

        BTW...it wasn't 1 terrorist act, it was 3 successful and 1 averted. I'm sure everyone here that reads your statement is really going to empathize with you about "all these things" you mentioned are putting such a heavy burden on the American population...go talk to the 2,500+ families that lost their loved ones on 9/11 and tell them how bad we all have it, and that 10 years is LONG ENOUGH and they should just "move on"...easy to say from behind the safety of the protection afforded to you by the countless servicemen and women that have died post 9/11 as well. About the most selfish and untactful post I've seen in a while.

        March 22, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
      • Chinatown

        Buzzer....so you're so willing to give up your essential freedoms so Big Bro can keep you safe......you sound more paranoid than me.....I'm not afraid of a terrorist....what I am afraid of is the US Govt coming up with what they consider right and wrong and throwing you in a military prison never to see the light of day or a lawyer because they label you a "terrorist".......you are so shortsighted in your reasoning, it would be laughable if this wasn't such a serious topic......10 yrs from now, you think the US Govt is going to be so nice to you if it knows you're speaking out against the way it treats "suspects" that haven't been proved to be guilty, just because with the NDAA they don't have to put you on trial to prove it! You are truly pathetic to surrender so willingly your basic American freedoms that thousands have fought to preserve! And the Gitmo detainees???!!!! Have you even looked into who they are?! 70% of them were deemed to be NOT A THREAT by the US Govt itself!!!!!!!!!!! yet they still languish in prison! Unfortunately lemmings like you are all too common nowadays in AMerica and trust whatever the Govt tells them because you're unable to think critically for yourself! Say goodbye to the Old America, and hello to your POLICE STATE

        March 22, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
      • Buzzer

        I'm a part of "Big Brother" (if you want to label the U.S Federal Govt as such) and I take great offense to your lack of trust that I thousands of others bust their butt to provide protections to U.S. citizens FAIRLY. Like I said, until you quote me SPECIFIC cases in which American citizens have been arrested on suspicion of terrorist crimes against the U.S. and their rights are being abused by being indefinitely detained without charge and a fair trial, you really need to shut it, and don't lecture me on how "serious" a topic this is...I live it EVERYDAY putting my life on the line. I could care less about the "rights" of non-U.S. citizens picked up on the battlefield in Afghanistan that were directly involved in killing or attempted killing of U.S. military servicemen and women...yes, there are detainees at Gitmo that fit this description. The NDAA is already being looked at and being challenged to be amended concerning American citizens rights and RIGHTFULLY so. So again, until the above happens, who EXACTLY is paranoid about things that have never happened? Gitmo detainees? In what context? Have the detainees deemed a "non threat" to the U.S. been released? Yes they have. The detainees still "detained" are a threat to U.S. service members in Afghanistan and some pose a real threat to carry out terrorist acts on U.S. interests overseas and/or on U.S. soil. Again, until the United States is commonly labeled as a POLICE STATE by LEGITIMATE news, human rights and legal organizations, you sir, are the one paranoid and are BASELESS in your "predictive" conclusions.

        March 23, 2012 at 2:43 am |
    • Joe Six Pack

      We already lost. Europe, Russia, and Israel have been dealing with terrorism for decades, and they don't feel the need to torture suspects, put everyone under surveillance, or grope grannies in airports.

      March 22, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Reply
  21. Chinatown

    Start passing out free contraceptives worldwide......this will help check the exploding population, thus leaving more resources for a longer period, perhaps even enough time to come up with our pollution problems

    March 22, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Reply
  22. mipolitic

    well did i get told off here in this blog when i mentioned evaporators for salt water , well the fact is this system is pennies compared to WAR .

    March 22, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  23. jeremy

    water has been at risk ever since we started to add fluoride to it..

    March 22, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Reply
  24. AJ

    You should all see this movie on youtube "Blue Gold: World water wars"

    March 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Reply
    • Cade

      Thanks for the link. The bitumen crude Keystone Pipeline route still passes rivers and 2 major aquifers. One would think our leaders would require companies to go around major sources of drinking and agricultural water rather than through ....

      Keystone Pipeline route/aquifers:

      http://www.local10.com/news/money/Keystone-pipeline-Separating-reality-from-rhetoric/-/1717308/9669024/-/9l20q3z/-/

      March 22, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  25. casey

    And you thought the oil wars were bad? You just wait!

    March 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  26. M. Edward

    Israeli technology

    How sad! This technology invented by an Israeli company could be used to convert water from air. But what a waste, if the brains behind this and so many, many other inventions could be channeled for peaceful use rather than war. But, the Arab mind has just one motivating desire, to wipe the Jewish People from the face of the Earth rather than accepting the tinny State of Israel. Israel, surrounded by sworn enemies’ who don’t even cloak their desire for the elimination of the State in secrecy, no they boldly state their ambitions and so the oil hungry world loudly condemns Israel for retaliatory strikes but virtually ignores the daily missiles that terrorize a million innocent men, woman and children; forcing them to seek shelter in order to survive. What a shame!

    Israeli device takes the thirst out of war zones – chicagotribune.com

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/videogallery/68599049/Technology/Israeli-device-takes-the-thirst-out-of-war-zones

    March 22, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Reply
  27. Sam

    If people did not pack into sweaty hot places like Florida, Texas, Mexico or Israel, and lived in beatiful Minnesota, Canada or Russia instead – then there would be no fresh water issue.
    Also, did anyone with Calculus 101 under the belt notice, that Earth population Growth is Slowing down? It used to be like Time^2, now it grows like Time^(1/2). If the trend continues it will platoe, and then may start shrinking.

    March 22, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      Love it when you talk statistics.

      March 22, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Reply
    • 427

      Sam: The fact that population growth is slowing, in percentage terms, is not reassuring, as long as it continues to grow in absolute terms. I.e., when the world had a population of one billion people, if it had 100% population growth in any given time, that would mean an increase of one billion people. But now that the world has seven billion people, if it has only 50% growth in that given time, half the previous rate, that means a growth of approximately three and-a-half billion people.

      You went on to speculate that the growth could plateau and then the population might diminish. That may be true, but if the population diminution is due to billions of deaths from widespread famine, or water wars, well, that wouldn't be so good.

      March 22, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Reply
    • Leprakawn

      Nice typo. Instead, try using "plateau."

      http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plateau

      March 22, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Reply
    • sandy

      What is missing from Sam's calculus is the increased number of people multiplying.
      Water and population are huge problems on this planet.
      Amazing that the US is attempting to deny contraceptives and abortion.

      March 22, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Reply
  28. WOR

    It's all a famine of the much worst thing's to come and it won't end until the lord Jesus christ will return be warned that our own government isn't exactly what it seems to be and there will be a world union shortly and this is all part of a master plan called destiny.

    March 22, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Reply
    • longtooth

      Thank you so much for the warning. Tell Jesus I can rent him a room at very reasonable rates, since he seems like a nice guy.

      March 22, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Reply
    • Danny C

      I would suggest the anti psychotic medication risperidone.

      March 22, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Reply
    • Boisepoet

      We can only hope that if there ever is an event causing a mass die-off, that believers of mythology are the first to go so those of us who are interested in solving the world's problems can work unhidered by ignorance.

      March 22, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Reply
  29. Allan New

    As the article said crountries will be turning to the US for help, I say the heck with them, they all hate us anyway. If we do help they will spit in our face when were finished with the project. If the Middle East needs water, I say sell it to them at 6 dollars a bottle. Then we might be able to recoup some of what we had to pay in oil over the years. Its time for us to stop trying to be the GOOD GUYS.

    March 22, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Reply
    • Joy iA

      how about an even trade? one barrel of oil for one barrel of water. sounds fair to me!

      March 22, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Reply
    • Wonder Why?

      do you ever wonder why? You are ignorant if you think the hate comes from nowhere. Still looking for WMD??? Found them yet?

      March 22, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Reply
  30. no nothing

    This world needs a plague that could wipe out a billion or two would help this planet a lot. Breading senselessly is not the answer.

    March 22, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Reply
    • sotzner

      Let's rethink opposition to an Iranian nuke. In fact, let's give the Congolese, Somalis, Hondurans, and Indonesians some nukes.

      March 22, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Reply
    • True

      True that. Breading makes things dry, causing people to drink more water than necessary.

      March 22, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Reply
      • bryce

        BAM!
        And of course, it's the senseless breading that is the worst. The sensible breading will at least absorb some moisture from the underlying food, but the senseless breading just can't figure out how to do that.

        March 22, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
      • RMT

        Oh Man – I laughed so hard I cried. LMAO!!!!

        March 22, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • Michele

      In terms of "breading" – I hope you meant "Breeding" and history has taught us to be careful what we ask for – because you might be one of those 2 -3 billion people "wiped out"

      March 22, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Reply
      • sotzner II

        Michele: Good point. Hopefully my parents, now long dead, will not decide to stop breading, or breeding, or whatever, and result in me being wiped out. Retroactively.

        March 22, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • Unfortunate

      That is unfortunately precisely what will happen if people do not start being more responsible when it comes to birth control and family size.

      The poor, religious, and uneducated – I'm looking at you.

      March 22, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Reply
      • AngerBot

        'Cause you know they're all reading CNN.com

        March 22, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
      • Leprakawn

        Classy response, AngerBot!

        March 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • KIM IS GAY

      well lets start with you and your family since you seem so up for it

      March 30, 2012 at 1:29 am | Reply
  31. us1776

    Here's a clue folks:

    REDUCE THE POPULATIONS !!11

    Stop the explosive population growth in certain parts of the world.

    Give free contraceptives worldwide.

    If we get human population under control then we will eliminate over half the problems we face.

    .

    March 22, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Reply
    • no nothing

      Darn it you beat me to it

      March 22, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Reply
    • us1776

      Half of the population problems of the world are due to poverty and half are due to the arcane doctrines of the Catholic Church which is really just a fertility cult.

      .

      March 22, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Reply
      • sandy

        Only because more people equal more tithing....the catholic church is one of the richest corporations on this planet.

        March 22, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
  32. nightsun2k7

    we could always stop fracking for natural gas........that would save billions and billions of gallons of water

    March 22, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  33. shouldnotbe

    As I see it...the only "Security Risk" the US faces is from the morons on this thread who seem to think that every natural resource is infinite and cheaply available to the entire world. Americans in general always seem so stupid on these blogs...must be the paid right-wingers who are trolling around and offering their nickel's worth of insanity. PS–build more golf courses in the desert–that should help things out regarding water supplies.

    March 22, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Reply
    • quiero agua mucho

      Hmmm. Paid right wingers think resources are infinite? The United States population went from 150 million before WWII to over 310 million today, more than doubling in about fifty years. The native birthrate is static, about 2.1 kids per married couple. The increase is attributable to immigration, mostly economic migrants, who want a big truck to drive, an acre cleared to puttheir house on... they want to consume on par with you. Demographic projections show this exponentially growing.

      Do paid right wingers espouse open borders and illegal alien amnesty? Oh, that would be you. You, sir, are the moron on this thread.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Reply
      • Voice of Reason

        Typical right wing idiot. Check your facts – immigration is a minor contribution to U.S. population growth since WW II. Most of the increase is due to the combination of increasing lifespans and a birth rate that still exceeds replacement levels.

        March 22, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
      • Nibbling at the edges of stupidity

        The population growth actually fell below replacement rates according to an NPR report. When you include the "last 50 years" you include the baby boomers, or at least the tail end. When talking about population growth, you have to look at the recent trends. Long term analysis has a flawed trajectory.

        http://www.npr.org/2011/10/31/141870269/op-ed-7-billion-now-but-population-will-drop

        This is from an informed right winger who doesn't spout rhetoric, just fact.

        March 22, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
      • Iconoclast

        We are talking about the WORLD here. Countries that are strategically important to our interests. Not US population and shortages here at home. Isolationism here in the US will not solve water problems in the Nile basin for instance. But since the Rio Grande doesn't even run all the way to the Gulf any more, maybe water conservation here at home could curb illegal immigration by making the river harder to cross.

        March 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
  34. mipolitic

    FOLKS do not by into this so quickly , INDONESIA , MALASIA , and so on use ocean salt water that is run through evaporaters and so does every warship so the ocean is on the rise they tell us so this is by no means an alert. PURE HYPE !

    March 22, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Reply
    • Jonathan

      No it is far from pure hype. It even named the river basins in question. Such as the Nile. All the countries that are unstable upstream have the ability to cut the water off there that is essential for the countries further South downstream. These countries do not have the infrastructure, money, or no how to build water distillation plants.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Reply
      • Joy iA

        I think the Nile runs "north downstream" instead of "south downstream"....weird semantics, but I get the gist of what you said.

        March 22, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • E-rock

      ... Because every warship has the population of L.A.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Reply
    • shouldnotbe

      Just what every red blooded American and foreigner wants......super high water bills. "Don't believe the hype." Don't believe that desalination is cheap, efficient, or economically viable. The Australians relying on the 'magic of desalination' probably don't think its so great when they get their water bills!

      http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/melburnians-face-rocketing-water-bills-to-pay-for-desalination-plant/story-e6frf7kx-1226013580849

      March 22, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Reply
    • Jim

      and we should believe you, whoever you are, instead?

      March 22, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Reply
  35. Andre von Hain

    We are in progress, but there is no reason to rest. Everybody in Europe, US, etc. has to show solidarity and support charity organizations, which care about the goal „drinkable water for everybody“. Did you know that you are able to donate to UNICEF without even charging your budget? For example your old european vacation money (e.g. German d-mark, Spanish peseta) via mail. Change tomorrow with money from yesterday. More information: http://www.euromoney24.com/donations

    March 22, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  36. Ron F

    What about here in the US? The Colorado river used to dump into the sea but now since all of the water is used up it does not. States have already been trying to divert water from the Great Lakes. We aill have a civil war about water here!

    March 22, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Reply
    • Alfa

      The ColoradoRiver has been raped by the City of Las Vegas for years, to dump millions of gallons of water into a sandpit and its golf courses. Farmers in Calfornia's Imperial Valley were finally told to stop pulling water from the Colorado in untold amounts for their crops. It goes on.

      But with world population growing virtually unchecked, the Colorrado will end up as a politicians' football. Just wait until the big corps and the pols forge a deal to sell American water overseas for 'security' purposes, and we start paying more and more for drinking water. In fact, there are those in finance who have said for more than a couple of years that the next big market will be water.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  37. OBAMAS BROTHER FROM ANOTHER MOTHER

    What our idiot leaders would most likely do is give our enemys the water for free and then agree to pay more for the oil.

    March 22, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Reply
    • markishere

      The 1% need to collect their salary somehow

      March 22, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  38. Reality

    Reading the comments section here really helps me understand why we are in the shape we are in today. Is CNN the place where all the environmental wacko's get there news?

    March 22, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Reply
    • Jonathan

      Yes and no. In general the U.S. is one dumb f-ing country. They buy into any thing they see or hear even if it is without logic or basis. Because they are mindless husks that cannot produce creative, constructive thinking on their own.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Reply
      • 427

        That's rather harsh, Jonathan. Worse yet, it's untrue.

        March 22, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
    • Alfa

      What part of the article don't you understand?

      March 22, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Reply
    • rep

      And you're an expert climate scientist? No?

      Didn't think so.

      March 22, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  39. quiero agua mucho

    Sorry, mankind, about you having outbred the rainfall and not having enough to drink, but we are completely broke and unable to solve our own problems, much less the rest of earth's problems.

    Go ask the Chinese to help.

    March 22, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  40. jr

    when they show themselves they will be the world saviors... they will show technologies that can only be label magical... they will enslave us all... and in exchange we will worship them and call them gods.

    March 22, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Reply
    • Robert2U

      Ok, time to wake up and come back to reality.

      March 22, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Reply
    • Alfa

      'Magical' technologies have existed for years to purify water from the seas without breaking the bank–it's call 'desalinization'. Check out the plants in South Africa.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Reply
      • Almanor John

        The amount of water on Earth is constant. Nothing we do can change its quantity, only its quality. I have recently seen U.N. estimates that within 50 years the world population will increase to 9 billion people (from a current population of 6.9 billion). It's hard to see how that many people can be supported on the amount of water we have. The practice of agriculture requires many gallons of water for each pound of food. A pound of beef takes about 1,100 gallons to produce and about 500 gallons to process. A pound of corn takes about 500 gallons to grow and about 200 to process. We certainly will not see a very large increase in population unless we find a way to transport either food or water from the food producing areas of the world to those which are not so favored. It is easy to forsee considerable international strife centered on access to water.

        March 22, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  41. Robert2U

    My friend, a very smart guy, has made a dehumidifier that produces between 5 and 10 gallons of water a day, in the desert, using a car battery, which can be charged with a solar panel. The U.S. government now has a couple that are huge and is transported using a simi truck. It produces several thousand gallons a day, but runs on a massive generator. Of course the government paid 10's of millions for the simi's.

    March 22, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Reply
    • Dummy

      My friend, who is smarter than both you and your friend, says that both you and your friend are idiots and liars.

      March 22, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Reply
    • Alan

      10's of millions of what? Clearly one Semi doesn't cost anything like a million US dollars. Now ten semis, we are getting to around to 1M USD.

      What are you talking about?

      March 22, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Reply
    • Jonathan

      You two are dumb as a bag of rocks. He's not talking 10's of millions just for a semi. But for the generators, the dehumidifying system and the semi transporter. Fools can't even read.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Reply
  42. John in NY

    If the Middle East needs water I'll be glad to sell them as much as they want for $150 a barrel.

    March 22, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Reply
    • Nick from Queens

      love the comment...100% agree.

      March 22, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Reply
      • Robert2U

        Totally agree.

        March 22, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
      • jr

        like it! ... or we can exchange it for equal value :-)

        March 22, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • WaterWars

      Much more! Water is essential for life.. oil is not.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Reply
      • Brian

        Yes but Oil could be used to produce Water (by desalination ), but the opposite is not true (Water can not produce Oil).

        March 22, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • Don

      Hell, I proposed a similar thing back in college, circa '73-74, in a collegiate debate that hit the news. This was when OPEC was forming and jacking up oil prices.

      My basic premise was the marginal propensity of the OPEC member countries for food production was/is virtually zero. The US produces 10X the per acre yield of any other country on the planet for the production of food, largely due to the most advanced agricultural technologies on the planet. Therefore, if the OPEC countries want to raise the price of oil due to their monopoly, then we should reciprocate at least equally, if not more, for our ag and food exports to those countries. Makes perfect sense, right? If they were going to (and did) triple the price of oil, we triple the price of food and grains exports. We might freeze to death without their oil, but how long could they survive without food?

      I thought I was going to be lynched! The screaming outcry in response to such a barbaric act was like a tsunami! What about those poor women and children (what happened to men? They need food too.)? My response was "What about our own freezing and dying men, women, and children?".

      John, I couldn't agree with you more. When I proposed something similar, the reaction, of and by our own, was extreme.
      But, times change. Maybe now people will realize what is happening.

      March 22, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Reply
      • sandy

        Logical thinking ....you are one of the people that we need to keep supplied with water.

        March 22, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
  43. coolbreeze

    I will never run out of water..I make my own H2O

    March 22, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Reply
    • rstlne

      Yes, but do you drink it???

      March 22, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  44. Robert2U

    As I recall didn't we do this to Mexico when we cut off the water going down the Colorado river. The water in the Gulf is becoming increasingly less livable for ocean life and due to lack of the water the Colorado use to provide. It starts on our side of the boarder so who cares about Mexico, right?

    March 22, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Reply
    • Reality

      ^^^^LOL!

      March 22, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Reply
    • felix_in_Mass

      The Colorado never ran to the Gulf.

      March 22, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Reply
      • desert dave

        The Colorado River used to empty into the Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortez, located between the Baja Peninsula and western Mexico, not to be confused with the Gulf of Mexico, which is located to the east of Mexico.

        March 22, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
      • Don

        True. Try the Mississippi.

        March 22, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • Leprakawn

      "Border," not "boarder."

      March 22, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Reply
  45. Dr. B

    I'm super tired of Americans talking about water shortages when 50% of our water usage goes to lawn watering. That's right: watering grass. Not drinking water, not for bathing or cooking. Watering grass. We want some green lawn like an English country estate instead of appreciating the beautiful yards you can have with native vegetation and flowers. Until we give up our obsession with suburban lawns, we will continue to have water issues. It's irresponsible. And before you flame me, yes–I have taken out our grass and replaced it with rocks and hard scaping, with small patches of native vegetation that survives just fine on the water Mother Nature gives us. No more grass, no more fertilizer running into our ground water, no more mowing and using fuel, no more wasting water on the lawn. It's still pretty and welcoming, and adds value to my home. It can be done.

    March 22, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply
    • Davethecanuck

      You need to read the article again...

      March 22, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Reply
      • Fiske

        I think Dr. B was commenting on the comments others made on the article and not the article itself. If you scroll down, you'll see people mentioning water shortages in the United States.

        March 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • Mikey

      True, very true. My old man always bothers me about taking better care of my yard. I laugh. Why? It's dirt & grass. I don't let my grass grow too high, nor the woods behind the house become overgrown so I'm doing just fine. As you said I'm not a 19th Century Estate owner.

      March 22, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Reply
    • John

      The report was NOT about water shortage in the US. The report was directed toward other countires. Please reread the report, maybe several times so you can digest what is being stated.

      March 22, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Reply
      • Mikey

        Actually the name of the article is "U.S. security at risk over water" while the article doesn't mention US water consumption it is a valid argument. Some places in TX have been in drought conditions for several years (look it up please), I don't know about you but I like my kids taught facts (like evolution), I don't want mass Texan migration.

        So why don't you reread the article and try to use this human faculty call inferrence and with the articles information infer other water problems in other regions could cause. Keep flaming though, eventually you'll get it.

        March 22, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • Lawnboy2u

      Everyone who wants beautiful green grass no weeds, that st aug grass look and feel, you should try wht the governments using and selling it works best in sourthern states, and all the way up too rhode island, zoysIa grass plugs, only 89.95 with shipping over 1000 plugs, would take more then a day or two with two people, but very outstanding looking grass as long as you take of right for that first 3 months. Look into that bro.

      March 22, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Reply
    • Fiske

      I won't flame you, because you illustrate a point worthy of thought. I live in southern California in what is supposed to be a desert region. People have that same mentality here. I asked people why they don't get fake grass and they said it was because it was "ugly". I then proceed into a facepalm of misery and shame.

      I see so much water wasted and trying to get these non-native grasses to survive in what is basically a desert. *sigh* Let us change the culture. Every single time I see the lawn of grass, I will call it ugly and wasteful. Maybe then people will change.

      March 22, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Reply
      • WaterWars

        Good Idea!!

        March 22, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • Ben

      I would also like to see you source for your statistics

      March 22, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply
    • Check the facts

      While I agree that more people should have a natural landscape in their yard, I think you should check your facts before you make such a bold statement.
      http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/qa-usage-freshwater.html

      March 22, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Reply
    • WaterWars

      I agree 100%! Stop trying to grow things that aren't native to your region. This goes for all of you living in desert states.. AZ, NV, NM, CA, etc..etc.. If it doesn't grow there naturally, don't plant it in your yard. There are plenty of good looking natural plants you can choose from. And there are alternatives to grass groundcover that work better for your region.

      And you know what... if you don't like it. MOVE! Why the hell do people live in the desert anyway? I know I wouldn't want to live in a city liike Vegas in the coming years. All the water is eventually going to dry up and so will the cities and the people living in them..

      March 22, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Reply
    • Don

      Wholeheartedly agree. What's wrong with astro-turf, if you're that hung up on having a "green" lawn? What can you do wil "real grass" anyway? How many "Keep off the grass" signs have you seen in your lifetime? Since you can't walk on it, eat it, or smoke it, what good is it? You can look at it and say "How nice and pretty.". You can do the same with fake grass that doesn't have to be watered and waste the water.

      March 22, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Reply
    • Almanor John

      I live in Southern California which is naturally a scrubland verging on a desert. Even here, we don't use 50% of our water on lawns, or for that matter on domestic uses in their entirety. Statewide, we use about 78% of our water for agriculture, the remaining 22% goes for industrial and domestic uses about equally split. Much of our supply comes from Northern California mountains, the rest from the Colorado River. Neither supply is really dependable at the quantity we currently demand. This winter we have a deficit of snow in the Sierra Nevadas and will face a shortage of river flow. In the past, Californians have conserved when similar situations have arisen. I hope this summer will be the same, but there are no guarantees.

      March 22, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Reply
    • sandy

      Right on Dr. B

      March 22, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Reply
  46. Pinkflam

    The solution to this problem for the next 500 years is: "nuclear-powered desalination plants."

    March 22, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Reply
    • WildMontana

      That would make the cost of water too expensive even for communities in the U.S., not to mention the potential risk for radioactive accidents and acts of terrorism.

      March 22, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Reply
    • Mikey

      Did you not read the article? "With more powerful upstream nations impeding or cutting off downstream flow." Your solution still has that problem because there are indeed landlocked countries with no access to the ocean, Einstein. Speaking of Einstein, nuclear energy technology isn't exactly something that is given away to any country (let alone in the Middle East) so I'm assuming a NGO or multi-national would provide the service otherwise; cause that won't cause a problem either, instead of getting terrorists actions because of oil policies we will instead get bombed for excessive whatever costs (Desalinazation isn't cheap). Also I doubt counties like Japan will be too keen on any nuclear power.

      Gotta love the I took Poli Sci 111 so I know what I'm talking about group (or wait was it Intro to International Relations).

      March 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Reply
      • CP

        Mikey,

        just shut the hell up, u stupid!

        March 22, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • dreamer96

      Yes, but just any kind of desalination plant will work could be wind or solar power, we have many different kinds...

      March 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Reply
      • Mikey

        Do you know the energy requirements for this? I'm not a chemist by any means but I do know using heat to evaporate water consumes alot of energy, plus you need a place for the water to condense unless you are also cooling it after the salt has been diffused out. If somehow solar enery would work sure (the middle east has a bunch of oil too). This still doesn't eliminate the problems based in this artile. Plenty of at risk countries don't have the means to mass produce these plants. You'd have mass migrations and plenty of instability.

        March 22, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
      • Reality

        Dude, solar and wind are a fantasy. The power is unreliable and the dollar per GW generated is pathetic. You'd be better off buying a million hamster wheels. Solar and wind are the feelgood PC answer to power questions, but those of us who actually understand power will tell you it is a waste of time and money. Nuclear is the future. Time to get on board.

        March 22, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
      • Easy E

        At "reality": Hey bud, here in reality, the capex for wind power is $1500/kW, whereas for nukes it is $5000/Kw. While the average availability for wind is only ~65% (for nukes it is 99%), it really doesn't matter because of this thing known as the GRID...you can always wheel power around. Nukes would not exist without MASSIVE government subsidy – just take a look at the Price-Anderson Act to understand just how SOCIALISTIC NUKES ARE. The only thing cheaper than wind is coal; this is why wind power is growing by double digit rates in this country and by triple digit rates elsewhere. LEARN SOME REAL FACTS FOOL.

        March 22, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  47. Hey cool

    Sounds like what is happening in the western U.S. Water in rivers in the NW wanting to be channeled to the SW. Vagas Needing more water. The RioGrand running dry before it reaches the gulf coast and now Keystone threats to the largest Aquifer in the U.S And we are worried about areas out side the US?.

    March 22, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  48. rocraccoon

    Keep the jokes coming. I am in hysterics .

    March 22, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Reply
  49. CNNTom

    "The intelligence study suggests developing countries are likely to turn to the United States to lead the effort to resolve water problems, because of its technological capabilities."

    Does this mean they'll stop trying to bomb us?

    March 22, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Reply
    • rsimo

      when was the last time the U.S was bombed? There are other countries that are really getting bombed, but not the U.S.

      March 22, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Reply
    • Punctus

      ...uhmmmm we've done most of the worlds bombing in the past few years.

      March 22, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Reply
    • Nick from Queens

      When does the rest of the world NOT LOOK at us to solve every problem that pops up for them......they want us to get involved on their terms but bash us for everything else...you're big boys with your own country you worry about you and we'll worry about us and let see who fairs better................

      March 22, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Reply
    • larry5

      There were a few building knocked over in New York a few years ago. The bombing was a bit unconventional but very effective.

      March 22, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Reply
    • Easy E

      Rsimo: We were last successfully bombed by foreign agents in 2001 last time I checked (though the most recent unsuccessful attempt was in 2010). But, if you want to be totally technical, the last time a true HE bomb was detonated by foreigners was 1993 (WTC attack #1 by the followers of the "Blind Imam").

      March 22, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Reply
    • Deborah Post

      No, what that means is will be looking to the US, as they already are, to drill water wells for them for free. It costs as much to drill a well in Kenya with donated drill rigs. materials and labor, as it does in the US, without all of the burdens of regulations. Why, because it is a scam! If you give these populations each a spoon the can dig a well in a day on their own. There is a lack of motivation and a desire for free aid from the US.

      March 22, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  50. MartyGRMI

    Yet another reason to dump oil as one of our major energy sources.

    March 22, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Reply
  51. B. George Vargus

    Patriot Boy. 1 word. PARANOID! & Pat. you must be like me, Joking i Hope!

    March 22, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Reply
  52. Al Mellen

    My short story is intended for the very ignorant people who are contributing to the above article. Get educated and discover how much water is wasted in this country every day. If one of the water sources for New York City would fall apart today, HALF OF THE CITYS WATER WOULD COME TO A HALT IMMEDIATELY. This same source has been leaking for years, there is a town north of NYC that is slowly being flooded because of this very huge leak. America is running out of water. Americans piss away water like there is no end to it. Sometime in the VERY NEAR FUTURE, many Americans will not even be able to brush their teeth, because Americans are pissing it all down the drain.

    March 22, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  53. Valkyrie

    Looks like Bruce Bueno de Mesquita is at it again. Go Bruce!

    March 22, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  54. Jason K

    This a few days after our president signed one of his more nefarious Executive orders. (Don't go off on it being Obama, because Bush, or Romney, or whoever would have done it too)

    whitehouse dot gov /the-press-office /2012 /03 /16 /executive-order-national-defense-resources-preparedness

    Now, in times of war OR peace the president can give different secretaries direct control over pretty much anything. The stuff about drafts and comendeering cars is old hat, but now they can comendeer your food and water, and also your labor. Oh, the irony that a "black" president signed an XO that brings back slavery. Granted, we're all slaves to this country at this point anyways.

    March 22, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Reply
    • Rob

      Your reading skills suck, guy

      March 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Reply
    • Domenic

      Wow. I just cruised over the document. Pretty broad authority. Slavery is a strong word. Indentured servitude may be more appropriate. Either way our freedom is gone.

      March 22, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Reply
    • larry5

      Obama has signed over 60,000 bills and executive orders into law in just under 3 years. For Bush it was 28,201 in just under 8 years. Both of these Presidents are responsible for expanding government and increasing the debt but Obama has increased the debt more than the previous 43 Presidents combined. Obama has been very productive when it comes to increasing the size, scope and the reach of the government. Every single promise he made while campaigning the first time about his upcoming performance in office from posting bills before signing, to having a transparent administration, to reducing the deficit to lowering unemployment has been a complete failure at best and an outright fabrication at worst.

      March 22, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Reply
  55. Snowey

    I guess the cost of Gasoline will skyrocket now that the pipeline is officially going through. 7.5 Billion needs to be recovered from working JOE!

    March 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  56. joe d

    more booga booga from our bullshit MSM and bullshit government

    March 22, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Reply
  57. cnnlover

    I am sure its Alqaida!

    March 22, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Reply
  58. NannyGranny

    How about if we STOP the fracking!! Read the Wikipedia entry, and see how much fresh water in our own country is deliberately polluted with known poisons in order to release natural gas. I was shocked. If you are too, write to Congress! The Roman Empire may have expired due to lead poisoning. Will the USA expire due to poisoning our own water?

    March 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Reply
    • Brian

      If you want to do cite research and be taken seriously, you'll need a better source. Wikipedia doesn't cut it. Maybe you changed the article to say what you want.

      March 22, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Reply
    • Jason K

      No, I'm sure we'll piss off the rest of the world enough that they will level the entirety of North America before that. But still, you raise one more excellent point about our society. See also how Monsanto sues and has farmers jailed for saving seeds and not buying and growing their harmful GMO ones. This is the same company that invented Agent Orange.

      March 22, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Reply
      • sandy

        So True...as a farmer I know this to be true about Montasanto.
        More or us need to educate ourselves about what is happening with our food suppy.

        March 22, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
    • Domenic

      As an environmental consultant 23 years I have seen many polluted well water sources as a result of this method of gas extraction. More than once I have seen homeowners ignite flame from their faucets while their water is running. Clearly, further development of this technology is required before it can be considered safe. I am not saying that this method should be abandoned. We are abundant in natural gas. It is a legitimate natural resource. However it should not be exploited at the expense of the very people it is meant to serve.

      March 22, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  59. Terry Brookman

    The only reason they bring this up is that they are conditioning you for the take over of all water supply in this country. In some places you are not allowed to store collected rain water for any use including drinking and watering your plants or garden. The federal government wants control of everything and I mean everything. The FDA now has the power to seize your farm products all of them, garden water, plants and animals even your land. Please remember to kiss Obama's a$$ as a way of thanking him for your loss of liberty.

    March 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Reply
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      @ Terry

      Are you sure this article is about the policies of the Obama administration? Why don't you grow up?

      March 22, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Reply
    • Inkpen

      That's a pretty weird comment Terry! Who is 'they' Terry? Reeaaaallly weird Terry, really. Whew! 'They' are everywhere.

      March 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Reply
    • theboosh

      Truly naive – if you think 'liberal democrats' would promote/support these kinds of actions, how could you believe hard core republicans wouldn't do the same or worse (militarizing, nationalizing, confiscating, etc) in order to secure borders, national safety, 'protect our way of life', etc., etc. Don't confuse their 'less Government is better' mantra with just letting you do anything you wish w/ your resources, etc., when THEY are in power and feel threatened.

      March 22, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Reply
      • Jason K

        "Republican" = Democrat

        The differents are superficial. How many republicans do you see going around calling our nation a republic? None, they all call it a democracy.

        'Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what's for dinner' – Benjamin Franklin (paraphrased I believe, it could have been one of the Adams brothers too)

        The point is that the constitution guarantees a "republican" form of government. There are history teachers that don't even know what that means anymore.

        March 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • Cavallo

      What a bizarre and paranoid comment.

      March 22, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Reply
    • Deborah Post

      I agree with you. In California the State's opinion boils down to if you are not using the water that is under, or passes under your land (water being a real property right) you are wasting it and the State should be able to take it for the good of all residents in the state. Meanwhile the Los Angeles DWP pays it's ticket takers in the parking garage over 70,000 per year and continues to raise it's rates on users. At the same time they are suffering repeated water main breaks because they restrict when people can water, creating too much pressure for aging pipes. For which they again raise the rates to repair. The water doesn't disappear, it re-cycles itself in many forms. Granted we do waste a lot of water and we could and should all be more conscious in conserving our resources, but not because it magically disappears, but due to growing populations and waste it gets used faster than it recycles itself. But that does not excuse the Government grab for our real property rights, not the waste they create in wages, salaries rather than upgrades of their infrastructure.

      March 22, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Reply
  60. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    @Degrin:

    I am an Indian American, and I do agree with you when you say that India must control its population growth.

    But the greatest problem in India is that it's a democracy and can't enforce controls as for example the way communist China does.

    Secondly & most importantly the MUSLIM POPULATION GROWTH in India had been much higher than the growth of all other groups. That's also true in EUROPE where the MUSLIM POPULATION IS GROWING at as much as 10 TIMES the local population.

    One of the greatest reasons for this is MUSLIM PANDERING going on in India, Europe and much of the free world. In India while IT IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE FOR A NON-MUSLIM TO HAVE MORE THAN ONE WIFE, MUSLIMS (Like our own Mr.FAREED ZAKARIA's highly educated BUT POLYGAMIST Islamic Scholar father Mr. RAFIQ ZAKARIA) are allowed to have multiple wives !!!!

    No wonder we see this ADVERSE population growth not only impacting those countries, but eventually the rest of the world..........AND THE FIRST CASUALTY OF THIS UNIMPEDED POP.GROWTH IS SCARE WATER RESOURCES, eventually leading to unrest, and even war, as is slowly unfolding between India and Pakistan now!

    March 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Reply
  61. coderjones

    i wonder if the report means anything

    from what i read – its no different than whats been said for decades

    I dont believe politicians understand the world any better now, than they did then

    March 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  62. Chinatown

    The future does not look so rosy anymore.

    March 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  63. comecleanOK

    Exactly how are the Indus, Jordan, Mekong, Nile, Tigris-Euphrates, Amu Darya and Brahmaputra basins strategically important to the US? Canada wants to know what they think of the MacKenzie river and all our other rivers. Respect for sovereignty, is a two way street. I would rather be friends, here is some water.

    March 22, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Reply
    • Chinatown

      obviously you know nothing about trade and commerce, nor military strategy and the importance of supplying armies

      March 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Reply
  64. darth cheney

    “If they would rather die,” said Scrooge, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.” Nice to see the ideological company some of us keep...

    March 22, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Reply
  65. GOP Hate Americ

    Conservatives dont care about this only jobs they never create.

    March 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Reply
  66. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    I'm no expert, but can't water from the ocean be purified and used as drinking water?

    March 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Reply
    • Notanidiotjarhead

      It is evident your first statement is the smartest thing you posted. Yes water can be desalinated, Yes it is very, very, very expensive (see Israels water bills as a large portion of Israelis consume de-salinated sea water), Yes, it is very very expensive to transport when put in to context of supporting folks in the desert and folks in dry places. Yes it will increase our need for electricity and oil to produce. Do you have anymore bright comments because this first comment makes me think your keyboard should be removed.

      March 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Reply
      • tom

        u sir, r a dik

        March 22, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
      • m william

        notanidiojarhead – of course you are correct with your reply, but the arrogance and sheer "mean spirited" nature of your reply only accomplishes things 1- causing the recipient to feel ashamed and 2- illustrate to people like me (holding a PhD in Behavioral Psychology) that you are a very insecure little rat with a black little heart! Cheers!

        March 22, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
      • John

        Notanidiotjarhead what a bore and ignoramus you are showing yourself to be. Why attack the person for asking a question? Are you that socially inferior?

        March 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
      • tom

        jarheads rok. u don't. please chicken-ratface yourself back to the middle east. have a nice day. actually....no. don't.

        March 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
      • Water Guy

        Yes it is currently expensive, but that is not saying that these costs could not be manegable if countries begin working on the problem and technology today. America for example has a trillion dollars a year for a military budget, I think we could afford to desaltinate water oif it was a necessity. Maybe countries will have to start looking at what they need, planes tanks and bombs to kill each other, or water for survival

        March 22, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
      • Just like you - notanidiotjarhead

        For all of you that hate my arrogance and mean spirited comments. I apologize for feeding the fires, that said I felt based on the persons moniker insulting people who live in trailers. I understood the question to be retorical and nasty by nature....My bad if I am wrong.

        March 22, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • darth cheney

      I'm not exactly sure what hatred generated such a reply as jarhead's, but anyone who understands the math of population growth and resource scarcity also understands that someday we will inevitability be desalinating water, no matter the expense.

      March 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Reply
    • ace

      there is all that ocean we can desalinate.there are already quite qfew desalination plants around the u.s.but most of these politicians don't know or don't wanna know.they only care about making big bucks.desalination is practically taking out the salt to make it potable.of ciurse it's aprocess but very simple.even your druggist in your pharmacy knows how.you raised a very important question.thanks for your input.i'm a very concerned citizen like you .good day

      March 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Reply
    • ssefs

      "In 2002 there were about 12,500 desalination plants around the world in 120 countries. They produce some 14 million m3/day of freshwater, which is less than 1% of total world consumption." Alot of people use a lot of water...

      March 22, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  67. Richp

    As long as supplying water is tied in with birth control I see no objections but as long as people keep popping out 12 kids when they can't feed 2 and then having 10 starve, nope, got an issue with that. Meanwhile we are damaging out water supply with the fraking that's going on and I don't care what the EPA and state agencies, water you can light on fire coming out the kitchen faucet is not normal.

    March 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Reply
    • Notanidiotjarhead

      It is good to see GOD chiming in to this convesation.

      March 22, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Reply
    • BS

      You do realize that one American uses the same amount of water as 20-30 individuals in these countries with high birth rates right? The best way to prevent this by your logic might be to prevent American children from being born.

      March 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Reply
      • Fiske

        This is true. But we have more rainfall and thus more water to use. These people in these desert regions don't. If water were scarcer in the United States then people would opt to not have children. Just like people don't have as many children during recessions.

        March 22, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
  68. clark

    Vote out the liberals please

    March 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Reply
    • darth cheney

      Yes, far better to bury our heads in the sand and pretend there's no problem here!

      March 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Reply
      • Cavallo

        Here here!!

        March 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • David

      Yes, because when George Bush Jr. was in office, he did wonders for our country. Or let's look at Herbert Hoover, who single handedly plunged the USA into a depression. Your ignorant comment is comical, but I really worry about you...

      March 22, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Reply
    • jaminjoesgarage

      You must want these problems to happen at a much faster pace. Go away greedy, bigoted, teapublican!

      March 22, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Reply
  69. mommaearth

    Birth Control for Everyone,,Cheers

    March 22, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  70. NODAT1

    simple solution; stop saving nations who continual to let its vast majority of its people have 15+ offspring and still live in a dirt hut and unable to provide for them.
    By stopping the support we will reduce the world population and reduce the amount of resources needed in trying to save the very same nations

    March 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Reply
    • Fiske

      Agreed with the above.

      As heartless as it might sound, you can't help them by helping them. It would be one thing if their population was stable or modestly growing and this water shortage was some rare event they needed help on. But this isn't the case. By helping 500,000 survive from thirst, while they keep their high childbearing rates, will only make it so in the future 1,000,000 throats will die of thirst.

      By helping, short term, you prevent suffering. But long term you create more suffering.

      March 22, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Reply
      • hold the mustard

        so in other words letting people die, who otherwise do not need to die, is your 'solution'. Just checking.

        I hope in your next life you are born in Somalia.

        March 22, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
      • Fiske

        This is not a final solution. Stop equating me with Hitler. All I am saying is just don't throw food and water at them and expect that it will save the day and improve their lives. It won't. It is short term thinking and just makes the problem worse. By saving them now, you are killing more of them later. That is the reality of an nonsustaining population growth.

        I have donated to organizations that not only supply food and water but an infrastructure of education, community building, and birth control. If they won't allow that due to their cultural beliefs of no birth control and not educating everyone, there is nothing you can do and shouldn't interfere.

        And, if I were born in a future life as a Somalian, I would suffer the consequences of what I tried to prevent in this life. And my point would be proven.

        I think it's horrible that you, mustard, would hope such a negative thing on me just because you don't agree with the facts or have grossly misunderstood what I have said.

        March 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
      • 427

        Fiske: Your original analysis makes a good, if depressing, point. The reply by "Hold the Mustard" is understandable, from an emotional point of view, but was, as you point out, unfair to you.

        March 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
      • Fiske

        I also understand mustard's reply. And I think it shows that mustard is caring about other people. I also care. I don't like the thought that people would die of starvation and thirst. Yet I also have knowledge that good intentions create such bad results.

        A growing population would be no problem if it were self-sustaining, but in this case it isn't. And the people there in these starving nations, even when talked to, refuse to adopt new customs that would allow them to have a brighter, prosperous future. This is mainly due to religious beliefs that condemn the very things that could make them more self-sustaining.

        But this is the reality that they choose to have (or on rarer occasions are forced into).

        Mustard, this isn't a right or wrong choice. And to others arguing politics, this isn't liberal or conservative. The world is more complex then that. If you look more into this, you'll understand. Time to escape the duality, everyone.

        March 22, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • AlexA

      I agree 100%. The acute problem is attributable to our donation of 21st century healthcare technologies to countries with Stone Age social norms and social infrastructure, thus destroying mother nature's natural balancing mechanism. If only our education system taught World History the way it teaches the US History, the dreadful implications of such actions would become clear to all, even the bleeding heart liberals.

      March 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Reply
      • 427

        Alex: I was with you until you ended your comment with a mention of "bleeding heart liberals". I am most certainly not a liberal, bleeding heart or otherwise, but discussion of these difficult topics would be enhanced if we could do it without liberals and conservatives blaming each other.

        March 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  71. Deathstalker

    We have plenty of water and it is renewable for the most part. The problem is cleaning the water for drinking. Countries need to start up massive plants that pump water from the oceans and desalinizing the water in mass. This can be done there is plenty of information and tools needed to make this happen it all comes down to will of the country and the government of that country. For instance I have been reading about a shortage of water in Texas and wells drying up. This issue could be resolved by building a pipeline from the gulf to a location close to the area of the doubt out in Texas. Then the water would need to be cleaned and distributed locally or even pumped directly into the aquifer. Yes there is a significant cost associated with this but the lives and the live stock and the agriculture this can support is massive.

    March 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Reply
    • latuya83

      The only problem and what you are obviously missing from this article is that it is refering to 3rd World countries, i.e., poor countries. True the technology is ready available but if you are a poor country, how can you afford it.

      March 22, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  72. Jenny

    In light of this report, how could America ever consider the Keystone Pipeline a rational solution to anything? I hope that we filed that bad idea away permanently, and pray that Canada elects some wiser leaders to office before they've trashed the only thing that makes their country special – their natural resources.

    March 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply
    • Notanidiotjarhead

      A couple of quick notes. 1. Obama has signed authorization of building the Southern stretch in Oklahoma today. 2. Oil Sands are by definition a "natural resource". That all said I agree with your sentiment, we look at today's needs way too much without planning for tomorrow. The U.S. has leveraged all resources for 50 yrs without putting in to place a more global perpective of where these resources will come from. The reason for this is that we (the US) have lots so there for we don't need to worry. This is shallow, simple minded thinking in my opinion.

      March 22, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Reply
      • m william

        Notanidiotjarhead – wow, you are an insecure person!

        March 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
      • notanidiotjarhead

        I bet most of the people hating on my statements were idiotjarheads...LOL

        March 22, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • tom

      the only thing that makes that country special? it seems your brain is already suffering from lack of water. how about the fact we have joined in to fight side by side with the states in almost every case? or how about our record breaking olympic gold medal haul? or our world wide peace keeping missions? or how we can live in peace with one another despite the many many different races, religions and culture?

      yes, our resources make us special too, such as all that fresh water – but really – think b4 u speak.

      March 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Reply
    • A

      Jenny, what exactly do you know about this? Probably nothing more than what green activists paid by China and Russia tell you. Of course they want you living like your grandma, it's easier for their masters to take over the world..

      March 22, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Reply
    • Grandpaspeaks

      Thanks Jenny, such commendation for a member of the "Coalition of the willing" in Afganistan. Try to raise another coalition and we will remember that. I would rather have the thousands of Canadians lives lost backing you. Than the results achieved by that war. Fooled us ,eh? Never again.

      March 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Reply
      • 427

        Grandpa: Thousands of Canadian lives lost? In Iraq and Afghanistan?

        March 22, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
    • latuya83

      This article is not referring to the US, we have the technology to purify water. The article is about poor countries that can't afford this technology and who's indigenous population is going to start migrating to developed countries at a much faster rate and is also going to start fighting among themselves for water.

      March 22, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  73. Vince

    We don't have time to worry about this. We have more pressing issues like finding ways around abortion laws and defunding Planned Parenthood...you know...the real threats to America.

    March 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Reply
  74. FIGHT CLINTON

    BREAKING NEWS:

    The elder daughter of U.S. President Barack Obama is spending her spring break in the historic Mexican city of Oaxaca in the company of 12 friends, a state police official said.

    The young tourists, including 13-year-old Malia Ann Obama, are staying at a downtown hotel in this city famous for its colonial architecture and well-preserved native American traditions, the official said.

    "We are here to block access to the hotel by other people and escort the vehicles that are carrying the visitors to tourism sites," the police official told AFP under the condition of anonymity.

    Malia Obama and her friend are guarded by 25 U.S. Secret Service agents as well as Mexican police, the official noted.

    The group, which arrived in Oaxaca Saturday, has already visited the architectural zone of Mitla and the tree of El Tule believed to have one thousand years.

    The sightseeing plan also includes visits to Monte Alban known for its archeological research sites and Oaxaca’s famous artisan quarters.

    March 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Reply
    • mms55

      and your point is?leave the president's kid's alone you glen beck robot.

      March 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Reply
      • GrouchyKat

        Why should the tourist attractions be blocked off for everyone just so the 13 year old girl gets to see them? How is that fair to the 99%?

        March 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
      • Jason K

        Maybe if one of his kids gets shot (not fatally, I don't wish that on anyone) he'll finally realize our real problems lie here and to the south, not to the east. Granted, he just does his masters' bidding.

        March 22, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Confederate! Perhaps Malia and her friends are searching for the WMD's we didn't find in Iraq! They might be good fuel for your trailer home!

      March 22, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Reply
    • Notanidiotjarhead

      Why would you think anyone would think this is news or news worth. Since the beginning of this country all presidents, VP children have recieved special handling while in the country or traveling abroad. Would you rather our leaders children get kidnapped and the whole nation held for ransom for the safe return of these children? Or would you rather our leaders children NOT be allowed to travel, learn, engage and represent the family value's side of our country to all? No matter how you look at this your post is stupid uncalled for and misdirected negative energy created by the RUSH L/Glenn B/ Sean Hannity crowd to make people angry for no reason.

      March 22, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Reply
    • darth cheney

      ooooh, guess you really told us what for!

      March 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Reply
  75. RKS

    This is an issue that has building for quite some time. Water, while obtainable and somewhat recyclable is not truly renewable. There is a finite amount on the earth and in our country. In addition, large scale basin switching, or distributing water far from where it is found or currently located is inefficient and costly. In addition, basin switching is detrimental to the environment, with long term affects not fully understood.

    March 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  76. Andy

    Nuclear power + desalination.

    March 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Reply
  77. Jim

    For Christ sakes we need to mind our own business and let these people figure it out for themselves! A failed attempt at water distribution is right here in the good ol USA. California robs it's neighbors for their water supply but lets imigration go unchecked. How overpopulation has strained this region for water and other resorces. People need to fix their own damn problems and stop looking for handouts.

    March 22, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Reply
    • mms55

      we need to worry about what this pipeline will do too nebraska's water.1 leak and they won't have water and their spineless govener know's that but he gave in to the national republican party who is trying to use this as an issue in the election.he was agains't it before he was for it.nebrasken's need to oust this gutless jerk for not doing the right thing for the people whom he's suppose to work for.

      March 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  78. Christy P

    In ten years, due to over-population, pollution and climate change, every country's water will be more precious than gold. And the XL Keystone pipeline they are pushing will not only take 3 barrels of oil to extract 1 barrel of oil, but the toxic waste they're creating 'pools' for, will seep into the ground, contaminating ground water, and possibly the fresh water aquifers. Have you educated yourself and seen what the already existing pipeline through Michigan has done to the Kalamazoo river when 800,000 gallons were spilled? That river will never be the same again in our lifetime. No, the American people are screaming for oil, so they can continue to drive their 10 mile-per-gallon SUV's. We can live without cars. We cannot live without water. Period.

    March 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Reply
    • mms55

      stupid people will find that out when it's to late.

      March 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Reply
    • A

      .. and you got educated by watching TV? Hmmm...

      March 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Reply
      • Glen Beck

        They should have watched my show or listened to my radio program! I could have taight them like so many others how the zionists, muslims, and everyother minority is out to destory our God given right to Oil...I mean truth justice and the American way. Praise God.

        March 22, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  79. Fiske

    If their populations weren't increasing so rapidly then there wouldn't be such a strain on the water supply. If the men and women there can't shut their legs and control their population, then nature will. I only feel bad because climate change, which countries like the US has helped cause, helped make water more scarce over there.

    The only reason the US has a growing population is because Latino immigrants commonly push out three to six children per family (and this is not racist. Statistics prove this). So, the US might be experiencing water shortages in the future as well in the crowded southwest.

    March 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Reply
  80. Ja-Coffalotte

    Yeah, so the GOP want to go all out with fracking, which destroys the ground water, nice, is there any party dumber than the shortsighted idiots of the GOP?

    March 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Reply
    • A

      That would be you, the narrow-minded TV scientist.

      March 22, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Reply
    • tom

      GOP? you're blaming the GOP? well guess what sonny, when the dems are in power they will do the exact same thing. duh. then 1/2 of u will blame them. never ending blame game. for idiots.

      March 22, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Reply
      • Mikey

        What? Tom are you daring to say our elected officials from both parties are only out for self-gain and an ever increasing struggle for power and that neither side wants a solution because solutions only weaken their abilities to gain power and influence? Hmmm, after saying that out loud sounds about how I'd put it, but with a few more colorful adjectives.

        March 22, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  81. Canopy

    In other words..." invest resources in an infrastructure that isn't failing"

    March 22, 2012 at 11:59 am | Reply
  82. Rosslaw

    Well this problem can be solved in the Rethugs just take over, do away with EPA and raise the permissible level of arsenic in driniking water, again.

    March 22, 2012 at 11:59 am | Reply
  83. doughnuts

    Time to get working on that iceberh delivery service I've been thinking about. I'm sure places like Bahrain and Los Angeles will pay well for a few megatons of Anrarctica's finest.

    March 22, 2012 at 11:54 am | Reply
    • Cheetahe

      Icebergs, in the next 100 years will be a vision from the past. With global warming the Norht Pole ice will not be around to mine.
      Anyway how much energy you will need to drag an iceberg to Los Angeles? Isn't it easier to control the population? or is earth made just for human to exploit until they do not have even water to drink?

      March 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  84. Stillarfish

    First off America must begin a national water pipeline to distribute our nation's resources on a voluntary basis whereby water systems can sell-off excesses while those in need can withdraw on an as needed basis thereby maintaining balance and a model for the world. In our current economic situation the jobs alone may rescue us from economic oblvion!!!

    March 22, 2012 at 11:45 am | Reply
    • Bottled water results

      Before the US can even think about creating a "water pipeline", we need to consider all of the bottled water efforts by Nestle, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and the other big ones. When our rural supply of water is almost gone due to the gov't allowing these companies to pump water from our natural wells, depleting supply from local water companies, and not holding the "water bottlers" to the same regulations as municipal water companies, then the US might actually need someone to supply "US" with a pipleline. Just wait until our water starts coming from Mexico, like our electricity is starting to in the SW. I didn't even mention the environmental cost of the water bottles in this either. I guess when the fisherman in the Pacific start catching more plastic than fish, then we'll take notice. We're not too far off there, either.

      Bottom line...we need to help ourselves before we can even consider helping others...not just with water obviously.

      March 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Reply
  85. Degrin

    India needs to curb its out of control population growth. This may sound odd to some, but overpopulation in other countries does in fact affect us in the long run.

    March 22, 2012 at 11:39 am | Reply
    • J

      Overpopulation is the key driver to "scarcity" in resources.

      Only part of the problem is that we're running low on resources – the other major part is that we're running high on human beings.

      March 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Reply
    • Ari

      Overpopulation is a HUGE problem not just in India but in the entire world. Have you seen the rate of growth the population has had in the past 100 years? It's not going to end well for anyone.

      March 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Reply
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA

      @Degrin:

      I am Indian and I agree with you.

      Plz. check my resp. above.

      March 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Reply
  86. AGeek

    So instead of solving the problem by assisting them with desalination and water treatment facilities, we leverage military assets. This world is so messed up.

    March 22, 2012 at 11:35 am | Reply
  87. Brett

    obama's economic policies are turning us into a 3rd world country aka level playing field aka fair. we're gonna need the water too.

    March 22, 2012 at 11:35 am | Reply
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      @Brett

      Obama's economic policies are turning us into a 3rd world country? Can you please explain? And while you're at it, please explain how the economic crisis GWB created made us a first world country!

      March 22, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Reply
    • Mike Texoma

      The non-regulatory economic policy adopted by president George W. Bush very nearly turned us into a third world country. Baack Obama has introduced legislation to repair and rebuild critical elements of our infrastructure; however, Messrs. Cantor, Boehner, and McConnel have refused to pass it. This points us to third worl status. President Obama has introduced legislation to improve our school systems – not only building new schools, but fosterng new methods of teaching and testing. Messers Cantor, Boehner and McConnell have opposed it. Heading for third world status. President Obama has introduced legislation to renew and encourage pure research in our institutions of higher learning, to lead to technological development, spin-offs, and business development and new jobs. Messers Cantor, Boehner, and McConnell have opposed it. They seem determned to cast America into third world status. President Obama has introduced legislation assist the growth and development of green, renewable, energy; new technologies that will create new companies and new jobs and a new, more modern power grid. Messrs. Cantor, Boehner, and McConnell have opposed it. We are headed for third world status. And if we get there it will be the fault of radical Republican politicians beholden to Grover Norquist and of citizens like you who encourage and enablle them for reasons of your own.

      March 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Reply
      • Bill

        correct.

        March 22, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
  88. patriotboy

    Just more excuses to target friendly nations and push for regime change where we want it. This isnt new nes just old news repackaged as terrorist theater fare!

    March 22, 2012 at 11:27 am | Reply
  89. Brian

    -______- foreshadowing a future attack against "terrorism" in Canada from the U.S (with the hidden agenda of getting fresh water)

    March 22, 2012 at 11:27 am | Reply
    • tom

      canada would make a great country to take over – then the u.s. would have enough water and resources to maintain it's spot on top.

      March 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Reply
  90. Rick

    Trade a barrel of our water for a barrel of their oil.

    March 22, 2012 at 11:26 am | Reply
    • Best Comment

      If you are running for president, you have my vote!

      March 22, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  91. Pat

    Somehow this is Bush's fault...

    March 22, 2012 at 11:20 am | Reply
    • JoeT

      You laugh, but if W were in charge we would already have Congressional authorization to use any force necessary in a War Against Water.

      March 22, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Reply
  92. Concord Bridge

    Anybody who thinks our water is OK should get a glass and walk down to their local stream or river and take a nice big drink. I think you won't.

    March 22, 2012 at 11:19 am | Reply
    • to the dummy

      groundwater is very different from surface running water, groundwater is naturally filtered

      March 22, 2012 at 11:46 am | Reply
      • Rxlawdude

        Groundwater is naturally filtered, but that filtration won't eliminate industrial chemicals that render that aquifer useless for any purpose. That's our future with unrestricted fracking and reduced environmental laws.

        Then, you'll be paying gasoline-like per-gallon prices for your drinking water. (And pray that the chemicals in your tap don't kill you when you shower.)

        March 22, 2012 at 11:54 am |
      • Andy H

        Rx there are already companies positioning themselves for the very thing you speak of. Might not be a bad investment at this time. Im seriously thinking of purchasing my own filtration system while the prices are still resonable.

        March 22, 2012 at 5:38 pm |

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