Blue Revolution, by Author (Hardcover, 2011)|
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Reviewer: Mark Lamendola, author of over 6,000 articles.
I recommend this book to everyone in every walk of life and in every age group.
Ms. Barnett author did a thorough job of research and carefully crafted her
writing to deliver a factual work that keeps the reader engaged. The topic
is crucial and may soon be "the" crucial topic in our society. Incidentally,
during the time I read this book, I also watched a water documentary from
about ten years ago. What's scary is there hasn't been a whole lot of
progress in that time.
This subject is one of the "big three" emerging crises of our time (gangsta
government and peak oil are the other two). As with the way private corporations
create gangsta government via buying public officials, we are already seeing
private corporations steal water the same way.
In Central America, water theft ("privatization") devastated one community
that was doing just fine prior to the takeover. Closer to home, Nestle
Corporation bought a superior court judge in Wisconsin so it could overturn a
lower court ruling and continue its unconscionable and devastating theft of
central Wisconsin water. Can you say "boycott?"
And this brings me to one of three smallish problems with this book.
- Problem one. The author may be relying too much on government solutions
to water problems. With gangsta government so pervasive these days, I just
don't see much hope there. Fortunately, that isn't her focus. She talks
about a national water ethic and it seems her goal is to get the everyday
person to think about water. She provides plenty of guidance in that area.
- Problem two. Anyone who is not on an unhealthy low fiber diet has
problems with low-flush toilets. These actually waste water. The author
advocates these; maybe I missed the update on ones that actually work? I do
have a low-flow showerhead (it uses air to make up for the water it saves),
and love it even though the early ones were simply restricted flow devices
that forced you to take longer showers.
- Problem three. The author makes statements indicating the global warming
mania is actually real. The fact that the "solution" is a tax scheme should
tell you something (and there's a huge body of evidence
against the supporting arguments). In fact, "global warming" is about
wealth transfer. It diverts intellectual and other resources away from
solving our problems of wasting and polluting. If we could get those under
better control, we'd make progress on the carbon emissions anyhow.
None of the three problems detract from the author's main thesis. She also
used good logic and drew from a comprehensive body of research. That bears some
comment. In research, some sources are better than others. A primary source is
the best; it's the original research or the original statement. Secondary
sources are things like a trade journal that reports on what was said or done. A
tertiary source is where someone gets information from other sources.
I made a quick perusal through her relatively large bibliography (30 pages of
tiny text for a 229 page book is pretty serious) and it looked like mostly
primary sources. Wow! It didn't take me long to read this book (at least, with
her engaging writing style it did not feel like very long), but it's obvious she
put enormous amounts of time into it. And she was serious about getting her
facts right. In addition to heavily tapping primary sources, she didn't follow
today's convention of using invalid sources.
If you're looking for a list of
50 steps you can take to reduce water waste, that's not what she wrote about.
She did mention such things as changing your landscaping, watering grass less,
and using a rain barrel or other rain capture system. For particular things you
can do, you just need to have the desire to do a little research on your own.
It's easy enough to find that info. The author does have her own Website (you can easily find it), but it's not where you would find this kind of info.
A subject I've been deeply
involved in for many years is industrial safety, and what's key there is to get
the right mindset. Ms. Barnett is taking this same approach to the impending
water crisis. It's obvious that we don't yet have a water ethic in our culture.
As Ms. Barnett pointed out, we got a national ethic with
littering--consequently, people just don't litter like they used to and litter
laws are beside the point. In safety, it's exactly that way--people with the
right attitude think about their actions, and safety "regulations" are beside
Now is the time to work on your own water ethic and to spread that
to others in your sphere of influence. This book can greatly assist you in that
Blue Revolution consists of 12 chapters spanning 229 pages. It has
an extensive bibliography and an index. Immediately following the text is the
best "Acknowledgement" I have ever read. Instead of a laundry list of names and
superlatives, it tells a story. And tells it well.