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More Drought & Dry Earth: Whacky Weather Everywhere, Part 3

posted by Wendy Weathersbee @ 23:18 PM
April 19, 2012

       Drought is so severe in Texas and Mexico that they are now battling over sources of melting winter water.   Usually as the melting water flows down the Rio Grande, it is sent by dams through irrigation districts to farmers in both nations.  But both sides now fight over which side gets a very meager supply of water!

Christopher Sherman of the Associated Press writes that when Mexico demanded its usual early release of water for its spring planting, Texas farmers asked that the water be held up a few months so that it would be available to farmers there and in New Mexico for the coming hottest parts of summer.

“Dividing the Rio Grande’s waters is . . . governed by arcane agreements and imperfect calculations. When there’s plenty of water it flows smoothly, but with farmers on both sides of the border confronting severe drought—officials expect to have about one-third of the water of a normal year.”

When the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) decided to release the water for Mexico, Texans were furious.   A great problem is that, as those waters slip out of U.S. territory, they run over dry sandy and spongy riverbeds that will drink up a large portion of the precious liquid.  And those losses will go against allotments for Texas and New Mexico.

The IBWC member representing the United States, who sided with Mexico, says he followed a 1906 agreement.  But Texas officials claim violations of it, resulting “in the protection of Mexico’s citizens at the expense of U.S. citizens.”

Mexico counters that it had no choice but to take the early water as that country is dealing with the worst drought since it began tracking rainfall in 1941.  The New York Times refers to Mexico’s drought as that nation’s most severe, leaving two million people without water, and ruining farmland in half the nation.

In fact, United Press International (UPI) confirms that drought is spreading throughout Central and South America––now from Argentina and Paraguay to Brazil:  “Argentine yields of soy were affected by drought and labor disputes in that country are making farmers and grain traders jittery.  Drought caused widespread economic dislocation in Paraguay, . . . also hit by cattle disease.”

As soy from these regions provides half the world’s soy crop, futures traders are jittery:  “ . . . in Chicago, Latin America and elsewhere, underlying worries over the eurozone crisis and an economic slowdown in China continue to cloud the outlook.”  Some even expect a 10 million ton shortfall in soy production.

We must put up church banners that teach Jesus Is The Living Water.  He can turn this drought around for He says:  “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life (John 4: 14).”  Only by turning to God, through His Dear Son, can men and nations end these disasters.  Pray Now!

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