Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World's Water
“Probably the most eloquent call to arms we’re likely to hear about the politics of water” (The Globe and Mail, Toronto).
In this “chilling, in-depth examination of a rapidly emerging global crisis,” Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke, two of the most active opponents to the privatization of water show how, contrary to received wisdom, water mainly flows uphill to the wealthy (In These Times). Our most basic resource may one day be limited: Our consumption doubles every twenty years―twice the rate of population increase. At the same time, increasingly transnational corporations are plotting to control the world’s dwindling water supply. In England and France, where water has already been privatized, rates have soared, and water shortages have been severe. The major bottled-water producers―Perrier, Evian, Naya, and now Coca-Cola and PepsiCo―are part of one of the fastest-growing and least-regulated industries, buying up freshwater rights and drying up crucial supplies.
A truly shocking exposé, Blue Gold shows in frightening detail why, as the vice president of the World Bank has pronounced, “The wars of the next century will be about water.”
“Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke combine visionary intellect with muckraking research and a concrete plan for action.” ―Naomi Klein, author of The Battle for Paradise
“A sobering, in-depth look at the growing scarcity of fresh water and the increasing privatization and corporate control of this nonrenewable resource.” ―Library Journal
“An angry and persuasive account.” ―Bloomberg Businessweek
“The dire scenarios laid out in this comprehensive book are truly frightening.” ―The San Diego Union-Tribune