I'm sick of reading 'endangered'. Who cares? Kill that shit.
In this case, as so often, the endangered mussel is the canary in the coal mine. It's not about the mussel, it's about the habitat that makes the mussel possible, and by the bye makes human beings possible too. Water crises are likely to be huge news in the coming decade; I admit I didn't expect to hear about Atlanta's first. You should see what's going on in the Southwest.
I thought you meant Drylanta would do for diarrhea what Mylanda did for heartburn.
Dang. Some days I could use a little of that Drylanta to settle things down, if you know what I mean.
What a bunch of pussies. Albuquerque has gone through water rationing each and every summer for as long as I can remember, and no one suffers horribly for it. Smart people have no lawns to begin with, car washes recycle all their water, and people still take normal showers.
Who needs hurricanes or natural means to create civil disasters in large cities?
It's funny because just this morning NPR was reporting an almost identical water crisis in California. And like Atlanta we also have an endangered species - the Delta smelt- that is potentially compounding the problem. A federal judge ordered a reduction of up to a third in water supplies in order to protect the Delta smelt. While I agree with Fnarf, that the fish may just be the canary in the coalmine, it's clear that SOMETHING needs to be done.
Next time you're at the store pick up a bottle of Dasani brand water. Turn it over and look at the label. In small print you will see that it is a Coca Cola company and it is bottled in...Atlanta, GA. Yup Dasani is Georgian tap water...gee I wonder why they have a water shortage.
wierd, i thought i saw this first on national television. maybe it was PBS?
what is wrong with you stanger? do you search once and then declare stories "uncovered by national media?"
Anyone who waters their lawn should be shot.
I'd actually been searching for this story in news reports all weekend. Sadly, ABC had to go and kill my inflated sense of exclusivity this morning. Thanks for pointing it out, as I don't exactly benefit from the story being hidden.
Want scary? read anything about drinking water supplies in China.
The difference between this and China is that China is trying to balance rapid industrialization with feeding 1 billion+ citizens, and Atlanta is trying to balance watering the lawns of 1 million+ gated community residents and making caramel sugar water.
Urghhhhhhh. Coke only makes the *syrup* in Atlanta. The Coke itself is bottled around the world with LOCAL water sources.
Anyone who waters their lawn and uses herbicides/pesticides on it should be shot twice.
@14: I'm sorry, were you trying to make some sort of counterpoint? It takes water to make the syrup, genius. Lots of water.
"Coca-Cola is waiting to see what restrictions might be imposed at its Atlanta syrup plant, but has already cut back as part of a corporate water conservation plan."
Didn't they privatize the Atlanta water utility ten years or so ago? Could that have anything to do with the poor preparation for this crisis?
laterite- *Bzzzt.* I'm sorry, that's the wrong answer. Cola syrup is mostly corn syrup. Not water. The very article you quote points out that Coca Cola isn't even the biggest beverage water consumer in Atlanta- that would be a Gatorade (PepsiCo) bottler. But thank you for playing...
Right, the end product *is* syrup. That's why I said it takes lots of water to *make* the syrup. You don't just mash up some corn and bottle it. A huge amount of water is required as a medium for steeping and separating. The article wouldn't have made a point to mention Coca-Cola if they weren't a huge consumer of municipal water resources.
Anyway, my original point, which has now been successfully trodden to death, is that this drought is driven by our wasteful society. At least in China the problems of water supply are driven by the need to grow food for half a continent. In Atlanta it's so people's lawns can look pretty and their teeth can rot with sugar water.
laterite- my point had been that Coca Cola doesn't use as much water in Atlanta as one might think- only 1/7th as much, in fact- thinking that many people didn't know that Coke's only product was syrup, not bottles of soda.
But then you decided to be a dick and call me a "genius", and I had to respond. So it's your fault the argument got derailed, not mine.
And for the record, there's no "steeping and separating". The amount of water used is less than the volume of the syrup produced. Go to http://www.colawp.com/colas/400/cola467_recipe.html if you want an example of how to make cola.
But you're *totally* right about Atlanta deserving it's fate and capitalism digging its own grave and all that. You're so smart, you're probably right about everything.
Thank you for acknowledging that fact.
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