Even Upstream is Downstream
“A good way to ruin wisdom is to make it a bumper sticker.”
– Poor Richard’s Modern Almanac
You can’t talk about water as if it’s something static. It has a tendency to move around, visibly or invisibly, usually in a liquidy downward motion, but also upward as vapor. What you do to water you do to everyone, eventually.
If the US sells dirty, high-sulphur coal to China, the mining of it impacts West Virginia streams on the front end, and a short while later, the smoke that belches from the Guangzhou smokestacks brings it back to us in the form of sulphuric acid in the rain that falls in our own backyard.
“Why are you against business?”
You can see how quickly any discussion of water and other resources can quickly become a political debate.
Think about it, the big waterway of the world comes into every house, enters every body’s mouth, bloodstream, bladder and then it goes out of every house, then back in and out again, and so on. How our water connects us in this way became rather grossly evident when they started finding pharmaceutical compounds in waterways, flushed out in the pee of you and me. “antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones” as revealed by CBS News.