Water rights

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  1. Tommy Tainant
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    Bloomberg - Are you a robot?

    The Michigan operation is only one small part of Nestlé, the world’s largest food and beverage company. But it illuminates how Nestlé has come to dominate a controversial industry, spring by spring, often going into economically depressed municipalities with the promise of jobs and new infrastructure in exchange for tax breaks and access to a resource that’s scarce for millions. Where Nestlé encounters grass-roots resistance against its industrial-strength guzzling, it deploys lawyers; where it’s welcome, it can push the limits of that hospitality, sometimes with the acquiescence of state and local governments that are too cash-strapped or inept to say no. There are the usual costs of doing business, including transportation, infrastructure, and salaries. But Nestlé pays little for the product it bottles—sometimes a municipal rate and other times just a nominal extraction fee. In Michigan, it’s $200.

    Scary stuff. Is water a right ? I would say so.
     
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    Not in America. Nor the UK for that matter.
    The UN recognizes it as one, however both of our countries abstained from voting on the issue.
     
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    And how much taxes do the English people pay, just so the Royal Family can continue to have offspring with a silver spoon shoved up their asses? What do those "royals" produce again?
     
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    i THINK YOU NEED TO STOP WORRYING about our country and focus on your own,,,
    you guys are after all confiscating spoons as dangerous objects,,,
     
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    Tommy,

    Is this saying Nestle gets plenty of welfare from local governments and doesn't pay enough for the water it uses?

    Is there a tie in with Flint here?
     
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    The Tories privatised our water companies a few years back and now they are mostly owned by foreign state owned companies. Which is a bit ironic. Nothing much has changed apart from the cost to the consumer going up. But the profits now go overseas rather than invested back in the service.
     
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    It's the usual hit piece on bottled water. They use a scary title and then waffle on the main points as the article goes on.

    This has ZERO to do with Flint, which used surface water as opposed to ground/spring water as the case with Nestle.

    Maybe they pumped more than the aquifer could handle at one point, but the government did its job and regulated that.
     
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    I dont know about Flint but they pay very little for the water. As water is a community asset its sale should generate some community benefit.
    We have the same situation in Wales where English water companies drain off Welsh water for pretty much nothing.
     
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    we should be upgrading infrastructure not wasting our tax monies on the general warfare.
     

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