by Chris Hedges
May 25, 2009
In the musical “Urinetown,” a severe drought leaves the dwindling supplies of clean water in the hands of a corporation called Urine Good Company. Urine Good Company makes a fortune selling the precious commodity and running public toilets. It pays off politicians to ward off regulation and inspection. It uses the mechanisms of state control to repress an increasingly desperate and impoverished population.
The musical satire may turn out to be a prescient vision of the future. Corporations in Colorado, Texas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and upstate New York have launched a massive program to extract natural gas through a process that could, if it goes wrong, degrade the Delaware River watershed and the fresh water supplies that feed upstate communities, the metropolitan cities of New York, Philadelphia, Camden and Trenton, and many others on its way to the Chesapeake Bay.
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Chris Hedges, who is an Arabic speaker and spent seven years in the Middle East, was the Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times.
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OMFG, they are going to kill my river and bay. I grew up on those water ways as a kid, my father was a river rat.
Actually, I’ve been planning out a guerrilla urine to water conversion for gardens but opted out only because far too, many people are using drugs that can not be filtered out.
I want to see the musical!
Peace, love and H2o,
This is very serious. The corporations are ruining our water supply!