total global water

Consider the drawing at the right: The three blue spheres represent respectively all of earth’s water, earth’s liquid fresh water and water in lakes and rivers.

~ US Geological Service (1879-03-03 age:139) source

The politicians of the world, such as Stephen Harper, on the take from mining companies, see that tiny sphere as their personal property. They believe its primary purpose is to dilute mining tailings and other industrial wastes or to process tar sands.