And Not a Drop to Drink: The Conspiracy to Control Our Water
Running Out of Water
To begin with, the world is running out of fresh water. Whether due to climate change, mismanagement or a rapidly expanding population, our little blue corner of the universe is going dry. Fully 97% of Earth’s water is saltwater; of our “Blue Planet” water sources, only 3% is fresh water. But much of this 3% is now polluted beyond human use. Chemicals used in agriculture seep into ground water. Emissions from cars and factories break down into micro-particles, rise on wind and air currents, and end up lodging in cloud formations.
And the scary numbers don’t stop. About 350,000 liters of water are used to manufacture an average car. Two to seven barrels of water are needed to produce one barrel of oil. Thirty-two liters of water are used to make one microchip. Fifty thousand dams have been built worldwide. And now, for the first time in human history, more people are living in cities than not. And all of them are thirsty. Global companies—the multinationals—are only too happy to exploit this dire situation by privatizing what’s left.
But we have our own home-grown water barons, too. And they’re just as intent on getting some Blue Gold for themselves.
Consider T. Boone Pickens. He made his fortune in oil and natural gas. Just like the Bushes, he’s now enamored with water. Like a lot of places, Texas lassos water and land ownership together. You own one, you own the other. So Pickens bought up huge parcels of land in the Texas Panhandle. It’s mostly scrub and ranch land, but as the saying goes—location, location, location. Pickens’s land sits on top of the Ogallala Aquifer, the largest in the United States. He’s drilled huge wells on his land, and is making plans to build pipelines to take the water south to Dallas and San Antonio. [Watch Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura on truTV]
But Pickens ran into a little hiccup. The local water district raised objections to his scheme. So Pickens did a clever Texas two-step, and incorporated his ranch as a town. The citizens of Pickensville are all employees and family members. Now he can happily drain out huge amounts of water without those pesky locals looking over his shoulder. He openly boasted on CBS News that his water investments will soon be worth a billion dollars, but his PR reps turned down multiple requests to be interviewed about this.