A Lack Of Water Could Cause The Final Collapse Of America
The Daily Sheeple
July 31st, 2013
We routinely assume that the collapse of society will be caused by war…or economics…or a major flare from the Sun. Maybe it will be, but something much more mundane, and much more taken for granted, may well mark the demise of the United States.
It’s official: We’re running out of water.
With the global population just touching 7 billion the demand for water has never been greater. According to the Organization for Economic Development (OECD) global water demand will increase by 55% between 2000 and 2050. By the end of that period they estimate that 40% of the people on Earth will be under severe water stress.
Over 3.8 billion people based on the projected population of 9.6 billion in 2050. (source)
Sobering thought, isn’t it? Almost 4 billion people will not have enough water to meet their basic requirements on a daily basis.
Unlike most other things in life there is no substitute for water. We simply have to have it. Contestation over water rights will increase as the situation becomes more serious. Who owns the water in a river? The country at the source of the river, the countries it flows through or the country it ends up in before it finally flows into the sea?
The same can be said of aquifers. The Ogallala aquifer is one of the largest in the world covering approximately 174,000 square miles under parts of Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. Who has more rights to the water drawn from it?