- In a scorching report from the desert bowl of Mexico
City, Mexico, we find water shortages at desperate levels. In many places
in Mexico, because of terrific toxic pollution of existing water supplies,
mothers feed their babies Coca Cola in order to make sure their children
do not suffer poisoning.
- Dry Taps in Mexico City: A Water Crisis Gets Worse by
Ioan Grillo April 11, 2009
- Why do you think this happens in Mexico? First, that
nation fails to uphold clean water laws. It fails to maintain safe sewage
systems. It fails to maintain clean rivers.
- "The reek of unwashed toilets spilled into the street
in the neighborhood of unpainted cinder block houses," Grillo reported,
"Out on the main road, hundreds of residents banged plastic buckets
and blocked the path of irate drivers while children scoured the surrounding
area for government trucks. Finally, the impatient crowd launched into
a high-pitched chant, repeating one word at fever pitch: "Water, Water,
- "About five million people, or a quarter of the
population of Mexico City's urban sprawl, woke up Thursday with dry taps.
The drought was caused by the biggest stoppage in the city's main reservoir
system in recent years to ration its depleting supplies. Government officials
hope this and four other stoppages will keep water flowing until the summer
rainy season fills the basins back up. But they warn that the Mexican capital
needs to seriously overhaul its water system to stop an unfathomable disaster
in the future."
- I have traveled throughout Mexico. Their water systems
make a train wreck look tame, make Hurricane Katrina look like a summer
breeze, makewell, you get the idea.
- Eleanor Roosevelt said 50 years ago; "We must prevent
human tragedy rather than run around trying to save ourselves after an
event has already occurred. Unfortunately, history clearly shows that we
arrive at catastrophe by failing to meet the situation, by failing to act
when we should have acted. The opportunity passes us by and the next disaster
is always more difficult and compounded than the last one."
- Do you think Mexico's leaders will take action to prevent
a catastrophe? After you laugh or groan, think again!
- "It is perhaps unsurprising that the biggest metropolis
in the Western hemisphere is confronting problems with its water supply
- and becoming an alarming cautionary tale for other megacities,"
Grillo reported. "Scientists have been talking for years about how
humans are pumping up too much water while ripping apart too many forests,
and warning that the vital liquid could become the next commodity nations
are fighting over with tanks and bombers.
- "Housewife Graciela Martinez, 44, complains that
the smell of her bathroom - used by her family of eight - had forced them
all outside."We have got no toilets, I can't wash my children, I can't
cook, I can't clean the mess off the floor," Martinez said. "And
the worst thing is, we have got almost nothing to drink."
- Grillo continued, "With its own supplies evaporating,
Mexico City relies on the Cutzamala system, a network of reservoirs and
treatment plants that pump in water from hundreds of miles around. However,
this year Cutzamala itself is running dry amid low levels of rainfall in
the area. Its main basin is only 47 percent full, compared to an annual
average of 70 percent for early April. "This could be caused by climate
change and deforestation. These are difficult factors to understand and
predict," says Felipe Arreguin, under director of the National Water
- On top of their conditions, Mexico adds 1.2 million annually
to its population on its way to adding nearly 50 million by mid century.
- Let's fast forward to California. That state adds 1,700
people daily via immigration from bankrupt and overpopulated countries
like Mexico. It adds 400 vehicles to its roads 24/7. Do you see Governor
Schwarzenegger proposing a grand vision or strategic plan for the moment
California adds another 20 million people in 30 years?
- California stands as the perfect example of a state with
leaders that walk onto the railroad tracks to see a train coming their
way, but turn around to walk the other way so they won't see it when it
runs them over.
- To show you how arrogant or how stupid we are, I inquired
to radio talk show hosts around the country to interview with my new book:
America on the Brink: The Next Added 100 Million Americans"--
- Kathy Weppner, host for 'Straight Talk' WBEN in New York
wrote back, "Most of Europe as well as the United States are not even
replacing themselves today. Overpopulation is no longer an issue. For every
one child that we are having, Muslims have seven children. There would
be no reason for people here to restrict their fertility when we are not
even having enough children to replace themselves."
- I can hardly believe the sheer stupidity of people in
high places! Another piece published in USA Today titled "Bring on
the Baby Boom" by Laura Vanderkam. She celebrated unending population
expansion and the editors of USA Today supported her.
- I wrote an immediate rebuttal and I invite you to write
one to flood their offices with a reality check. You may use mine as a
template. Send to: <mailto:email@example.com>firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dear USA Today:
- Re: Bring on the Baby Boom by Laura Vanderkam
- Which century do you live in to publish such an irresponsible
article like "Bring on the Baby Boom"? The US faces horrific
water shortages from California to Georgia. We suffer energy crises, toxic
air over our cities, climate change and gridlock. What do you use for brainsoatmeal?
With over 306 million people in the USA devouring resources and as the
third fastest growing first world country, we wreak upon the natural world.
We pollute our land, air and water with 72,000 chemicals 24/7. For every
American added, we destroy 12.6 acres of land to support that person. With
a projected population increase in the US of 100 million in 30 years, we
will see 1.26 billion acres of habitat destroyed. Where, pray tell, will
the animals find a place to live and procreate? If USA Today publishes
such insane articles, you need to publish someone with a brain to write
a rebuttal. We need to face up to facts that we cannot keep expanding the
USA out of its ability to feed, water and house its own citizens.
- Frosty Wooldridge
- Denver, CO
- Your phone number
- If we keep turning our backs to the oncoming population
train, it's going run over us as surely as it's crushing Mexico. Why do
you think 15 million Mexicans migrated to the USA? Can you imagine another
15, 20, 30 or more millions from other countries around the world dying
of thirst-as they migrate to the USA?