In the Matter of Water
by David G. Yurth Ph.D.
has devised ways to contaminate the planet which were never anticipated by
the processes of natural selection. Industrial contaminants, radioactive
wastes, synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, genetically
engineered plant strains, airborne emissions such as automobile exhaust
and a long, horrifying list of pollutants have seeped into virtually every
source of water around the planet.
we have learned nothing else, we can be certain that no general initiative
to mitigate, minimize or remediate either the sources or consequences of
current practices by the industrialized nations can reasonably be expected
until the pandemic created by our collective contamination of the planet
threatens life itself. So many short term agendas are being served by
creating, exacerbating and profiting from this set of problems that no
amount of public consensus will effectively alter this course. We, in the
words of the poet, become the masters of our own destruction. We are
inexorably poisoning ourselves to the point of extinction.
have solutions for all these problems, speaking in purely technical terms.
Capital is not available to support broad-based technological development
of applicable systems because (1) they are not "cost effective,"
and (2) the political incentives are insufficient to justify upsetting
current practices. In short, there as yet remains too little threat to our
own interests to motivate proactive attention to resolving the underlying
has to happen to alter this trend? My assessment is that little public
attention will be drawn to this issue until the multi-national
corporations are convinced they have established a firm control over the
critical sources of supply, the technologies needed to effectively treat
publicly available water supplies, and the geo-political relationships
needed to create an effective multi-national cartel. Over the next 50
years I believe we will witness the sale of water as a commodity in
increasingly short supply. Availability will be controlled and prices will
soar irresistibly because while we may be able to survive without oil, we
cannot survive without potable water. Mankind is in the process of
becoming enslaved to the private agendas of those who are inexorably
acquiring control of increasingly limited sources of supply of this
precious commodity. We have no one to blame but ourselves.
How can this be prevented ? It cannot.
This is already happening.