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I think what you mean is that there are some parts of the world where some people have so little money that they cannot get water for drinking and cooking and they die.

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What is the matter with you?

Where are these people supposed to walk to (no money for cars, bus tickets, etc.) to get their water?


JD,

You are not really listening. Ralph is not saying there is no problem, he is saying the problem is political or economic, not technical. If someone is prevented from getting access to water because of illness, or because they have no transportation, or because a soldier will not let them cross a boundary, then it is senseless to attribute the problem to a 'global shortage of water'. That would be a distraction from the main issue, which is that there is an illness, or a transportation problem, or a war, or whatever, that is causing the thirst.

Your argument that a shortage of water is the problem is like saying there is a world shortage of oxygen, and the proof is that some poor guy is being choked to death and is dying of anoxia. It will not help that guy for you to get busy on seeing how you could get a little more oxygen in the atmosphere, or hypothesizing about why there is less than there used to be.

Regards, DTM
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