Using the oceans is
an option, albeit an expensive one (*even if i don't agree with it). Not only will we have to desalinate it, we'll also
have to strain it, purify it, not to mention ship it out of the ocean, and then ship it all over the country.
You'd go broke washing your clothes and dishes.
The problem is we've got an environment that is hoarding water due to increased CO2 levels in the air, we've got tycoon billionaires like T. Boone
Pickens who are sucking up as much water as they can get their hands on and selling it to the highest bidder (water that's connected to private
wells), and we've got an ever-blooming population that removes water completely from the equation for the people already here.
It also doesn't help that we pollute our water through fracking for gas, through cooling our nuclear plants, through a million other "industrial"
purposes, and we've got Japan pouring radioactive waste into the sea, we've got oil companies spewing millions of gallons of crude into the oceans,
the list goes on and on.
The entire world is bankrupt and it's costing more and more to clean, ship, and purchase water; something that should be free to all of humanity, but
since we can't keep the stuff clean, we're doomed to pay out the ass for it, whether we can afford to our not. This isn't an issue of how much water
is on the planet. This is an issue of there being enough "clean" water to use for the 7(+) billion people on this rock, and being able to afford to
clean and export/import water if there isn't.
We need to ditch our archaic notions of energy, the things that pollute, like oil, nuclear, coal, and go into tidal, solar, wind, and ambient energy
technologies. We need to start cleaning water, even if we're not using it. That alone would produce millions of jobs. There's an ever-swirling
whirlpool of trash in the river next to the Philadelphia Museum. There's currently an island of debris floating across the Pacific ocean towards
California. These messes are all potential jobs, and potential water preservation actions.
* We seriously need to start taking better care of our oceans. Japan being allowed to pour millions of gallons of toxic waste into the sea
was just about the most reckless thing I've seen in a long time. People need to be reminded that all life on Earth is tied to the oceans. The last
time the oceans we're struck hard nearly 80% of all life on Earth died off.
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