The only thing we can be sure of about the future is that it will be absolutely fantastic. So if what I say now seems to you to be very reasonable, then I have failed completely. Only if what I tell you appears absolutely unbelievable, have we any chance of visualizing the future as it really will happen.

- Arthur C. Clarke (h/t Brin)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Water Fireworks

Via Postnormal via Fleck, a blog about water in the Southeast. Check out the battles that site asserts are breaking out over water rights between Georgia and Alabama; I'm sure they're eagerly perusing the history of the western states back there. The only consensus between the two seems to be that endangered species don't much matter.

From Alabama Governor Riley's letter to Bush:
Georgia has repeatedly framed its request as a contest between people in the Atlanta area and endangered mussels in Florida. Nothing could be further from the truth. In reality the action that Georgia seeks will have dire consequences on people and their livelihoods downstream in Alabama.

1 comment:

Dan'l said...

Good old boys with guns. States rights advocates. Let's see what happens when the wells run dry, so to speak. Which governor will be first to call out the national guard to protect his water rights, either vs the other state or vs the feds who insist on wetting the sturgeon population. Or will it be a vigilante action that happens first? Things could get interesting.