Peter Asmus, President of Pathfinder Communications, is a journalist, consultant, and author of many of books, including Introduction to Energy in California, which was published by UC Press in June 2009. To learn more about the author and renewable energy, please visit his blog, Finding the Responsible Path.
On July 6, 2009, Asmus wrote an opinion-based article for the Sacramento Bee, entitled “You’d Think Water Would be a Basic Right.” In the article, he talks about how people in some of the poorest regions of the world, whether it is Nairobi, Kenya or Central California or elsewhere, lack the fundamental right to clean and safe water. Whether these people have a voice or not, it is ultimately up to the politicians to decide their fate.
Interestingly enough, the prime opponent of guaranteeing a human right to water on the international stage at the United Nations
has been the United States, which, by the way, is also opposed to a
human right to housing and food. It is this political dynamic of our
federal government opposing human rights to water that makes Assembly Bill 1242 by Assemblyman Ira Ruskin, D-Los Altos, so interesting. The bill is moving through the California Legislature and a key vote is scheduled Monday.
To read the article in its entirety, please visit “You’d Think Water Would be a Basic Right.”