Who Controls Our Water Supply?
Our water is being controlled and potentially manipulated by foreign powers. This needs prayer.
From The Epoch Times. While U.S. officials continue to express concern over the surge in foreign-owned farm acreage, an important question looms: Who owns America’s water?
The answer is opaque, but foreign interests are expanding their hold on U.S. water in ways besides just land ownership.
At the moment, the door is wide open for foreign investment in water privatization.
New research suggests that increased privatization in water utilities also leads to higher prices at the tap for residents. …
Long Term Threat
The United States is grappling with drought in 44 percent of the lower 48 states as of January 2023. Western states have endured prolonged arid conditions for years, impacting multiple farming regions and domestic food supply. …
Foreign ownership of U.S. agricultural land represents nearly 38 million acres. For perspective, that’s roughly the size of Illinois or Iowa. Between 2009 and 2019, foreign land holdings doubled.
With that comes the potential for turning water into money.
Laws concerning water usage vary from state to state, but landowners often have the right to use, sell, or divert those resources. Coupled with expanding foreign ownership, some insiders are worried about America’s water.
A senior official within California’s resource management—who asked to have their name omitted—told The Epoch Times, “The topic is a very serious one. Wealthy non-farming Americans and foreign interests are buying up U.S. farms and water rights.”
The source added that foreign investors are “manipulating domestic politics” in ways that prioritize the commodification of farmland over things like sustainable use, clean food, and water quality.
“Foreign ownership of American real estate is one of the biggest long-term threats to the integrity of our political systems.” …
When it comes to water privatization, advocates point to America’s aging pipes as proof that corporations can deliver where the government has failed for decades.
Upgrading the country’s nearly 50-year-old lead water pipes alone will cost an estimated $60 billion. …
That means America’s public water utilities won’t see dramatic improvements anytime soon. Cue the entrance of foreign investors with deep pockets. …
National Security Threat
“In general, there’s always a risk associated with selling land to foreign investors. Rental periods are a much better way to preserve U.S. interests,” security analyst Irina Tsukerman, told The Epoch Times.
Functioning as the president of Scarab Rising, Tsukerman said the outcome of foreign-owned land and water rights will largely depend on the country or company’s relationship with the United States.
“Short-term immediate risks with unfriendly or competing powers are a higher risk for many reasons,” she said.
Tsukerman says that in states with drought conditions, land ownership can become an additional risk factor. …
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(Excerpt from The Epoch Times. Photo Credit: Canva)
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