Posted by: snsolomon | January 7, 2010

Water As The New Oil


There’s a slick catchphrase in the air these days — “Water is the new oil” — that author Steven Solomon and others use when referencing water’s newfound significance on today’s geopolitical stage.

But if Solomon’s outstanding survey, “Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization,” reveals anything, it is that oil, for maybe a century or so, was actually the new water, and now water has simply returned to the primacy it has always held throughout history.

In detailed but highly readable fashion, economics journalist Solomon (“Confidence Game,” 1995) works through each major civilization — the Mesopotamians, the Egyptians, the early Romans, China, India, Islam, northern Europe, the New World — and shows the profound water challenges each faced and overcame in advancing human aspirations.

Read the whole article on The Seattle Times:


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