One of the most pernicious of all the privatization programs have been the corporatizing of the commons.
Oil and gas companies among others may well own the rights to various resources that are under your property and as rich pigs they have the right to destroy your property and health to get it.
Corrupt government officials (and I apologize for the redundancy but it has come to pass that corruption is part of the job description) work hand in glove with the corporate masters.
I have written about the problems with Fracking polluting the ground water with the chemicals they use to free the natural gas. I should add that this process requires a great deal of water.
The same is true of the extraction of oil from oil sands.
It is also true of mountain topping for the extraction of coal. They destroy the environment and the water supply.
So the gas and petroleum corporations destroy people’s access to clean drinkable water. But never fear companies like Fuji will bring you water from far away at an exorbitant price.
Excerpt from today’s Alternet: http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/368304/fiji_water_shuts_down/
Fiji Water Shuts Down
Fiji Water announced today that it will close its operations in Fiji in response to a water extraction tax hike proposed by the Fijian government, to take effect in 2011. The abrupt shutdown comes just three days after the government announced the 2011 budget, which proposes increasing Fiji Water’s “extraction tax” to 15 cents a liter up from one-third of a cent.
Complete article at: http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/368304/fiji_water_shuts_down/
Then Raw Story had this: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/11/climate-change-cut-clean-water-billion-people-report/
Climate change could cut clean water to three billion people: report
By Nathan Diebenow
Sunday, November 28th, 2010 — 9:28 pm
Almost half of humanity could lose clean water access due to climate change, according to a British report to be released tomorrow ahead of an international climate change conference in Mexico.
“The main message is that the closer we get to a four-degree rise, the harder it will be to deal with the consequences,” Dr. Mark New, a climate expert at Oxford University, told The Observer.
The report will assume that global temperatures will rise 2 degree Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) this century even if nations agree to curb carbon emissions this year.
Climate change scientists believe that a mass global movement to “decarbonize” human activity in order to stay below this temperature is virtually impossible, especially after the UN climate talks in Copenhagen failed last December.
From The Guardian UK: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/nov/28/cancun-climate-summit-weather
Climate change will cost a billion people their homes, says report
British scientists will warn Cancún summit that entire nations could be flooded
The Observer, Sunday 28 November 2010
Devastating changes to sea levels, rainfall, water supplies, weather systems and crop yields are increasingly likely before the end of the century, scientists will warn tomorrow.
A special report, to be released at the start of climate negotiations in Cancún, Mexico, will reveal that up to a billion people face losing their homes in the next 90 years because of failures to agree curbs on carbon emissions.
Up to three billion people could lose access to clean water supplies because global temperatures cannot now be stopped from rising by 4C.
Continue reading at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/nov/28/cancun-climate-summit-weather
I feel very safe in predicting that the two classes of people The Greed Pigs and the rest of us will not suffer equally as we enter the era of population crash that will accompany the end of peak oil and adequate supplies of clean water.
Those with money will continue to thrive while whole lots of disposable people will not.