Call them water wars, with the Great Lakes states hunkering down to protect what they see as theirs.
Why would they need to form a water pact to protect their water? Let the always-charming Dick Armey explain.
“We’re not going to be buying it. We’re going to be stealing it,” then-U.S. Rep. Dick Armey (R-Texas) said in 2000. “You’re going to have to protect your Great Lakes.”
That’s the incentive behind the proposed water compact. Bill Richardson of New Mexico is making similar threats, saying Great Lakes water needs to be sent to the Southwest – that such a mad scheme would be hugely expensive, impractical, plus the Great Lakes are also low on water, appears not to matter to him. Nor does concern as to what this might do to the Great Lakes long term.
Asymptotic Life has commented here that the northern tier states have the water and the southern tier states grow the food. This is certainly true. But there’s no practical way to get northern water to southern states.
“It doesn’t make economic sense to send Great Lakes water to the High Plains or the Southwest,” Annin said, “but we know the thirsty will be calling.”