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Dover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-11 12:06 PM
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Water Privatization vs. The People - a new battle ground.
A very good example of why water should NOT be privatized:

But the people along with city officials have been up in arms.
It will be very interesting to see how they fare with the laws/legal system.
This could get really ugly. 'For profit' companies have no place in water
utilities. This is, no doubt, a batttle that will be waged repeatedly until
this collective resource is taken out of the hands of private ownership.

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Water hike pits city against company
Pflugerville votes against large price jump

http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/local/williamson/water-hik... .

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Water rate raise rankles residents.
Monarch could jump prices more than 40 percent!

http://impactnews.com/round-rock-pflugerville/146-news/...


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Pflugerville joins Coalition of Cities to protest Monarch Utility rate increase

http://www.digitalpflugerville.com/newsarchives/archive...

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sonias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-11 03:39 PM
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1. Water is the new oil
We may be able to live without oil - more expensively for sure, but you can't live at all without water. Those that control the water rights have us by the neck.
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Dover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-11 04:02 PM
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2. Our thirst is about more than water... the whole world wants to be quenched by real change
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sonias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-11 04:18 PM
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3. I agree with you but change takes a long time in this country
And people will literally die before change happens. People are already dying from starvation that's drought related and it will only get worse.
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Dover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-11 04:27 PM
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4. I can't think of any truly significant change in my personal life
that was not frought with fear, difficulty and pain. But the pain mainly came from own resistance to change.
I don't expect the powers that be to have a change of heart or mind, stand in a circle with us and sing kumbayah.
But in a nonliteral sense, we have to die before something truly new can be born. And the longing for it seems to be
in our dna. I just hope that we have accumulated more wisdom about how to go about things so fewer need to literally
die although many already have. We've never experienced a global revolution. I'm glad I'm living right now.
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sonias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-11 08:48 PM
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6. Welcome to the Texas DU Forum, biggerbaddertommy
I see by your profile that you're a republican from Lubbock. Perhaps you're posting to the wrong forum?

Everyone in Texas knows that we're in the worst drought ever and there is no sign of it easing. Water usage in Texas has got to change. No doubt about that. I don't think we're necessarily talking about watering lawns either.

If you look at the electric market that the whole talk of how deregulation was going to make electricity so cheap in Texas.... blah, blah, blah - it never happened. And the life lines for electricity were also promised. Promises broken just about everywhere. In fact the state collects money in a fund to help poor people with electric bills and then doesn't even use it. Instead the balance in the fund is used to "offset" their horrible balance sheet. In other words they just sit on the money.

So I don't think many people are going to get fooled by that "basic lifeline" again. A basic living usage for water, I mean. The corporations that control the water will simply set the price they want and there's not much any of us can do about it.

I don't agree with your "If you can afford it, you should just be able to buy it" way of thinking.

Nuclear power plants and coal plants can afford it because they'll simply pass the cost along to their customers. That doesn't mean they should get it. They're dying to get their hands on all the water they can.
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