In this "chilling in-depth examination of a rapidly emerging global
crisis" (In These Times) Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke two of the
most active opponents to the privatization of water show how
contrary to received wisdom water mainly flows uphill to the
wealthy. Our most basic resource may one day be limited: our
consumption doubles every twenty years--twice the rate of
population increase. At the same time increasingly transnational
corporations are plotting to control the world's dwindling water
supply. In England and France where water has already been
privatized rates have soared and water shortages have been severe.
The major bottled-water producers--Perrier Evian Naya and now
Coca-Cola and PepsiCo--are part of one of the fastest-growing and
least-regulated industries buying up freshwater rights and drying
up crucial supplies.
A truly shocking expose that is a call to arms to people around the
world Blue Gold shows in frightening detail why as the vice
president of the World Bank has pronounced "The wars of the next
century will be about water."
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