The author adeptly traces the political relationships between freshwater supply and globalization, population booms and real estate development.The role of the Army Engineer Corps has been presented as both positive and negative – the drainage of the Everglades produced ecological problems and changes in weather patterns (Barnett, 2007, p. 58) but the associated structures helped saved the lives of people living in Florida. This remains a unique perspective on the issue and tends to trigger an ontological egg and chicken debate on the role of the Army Engineer Corps. The author contends that the role of the Army Engineer Corps is debatable, yet it cannot be denied that their actions set in motion the current ecological failure of the Everglades and wetlands.Barnett blames both scientists and non scientific factions for causing water supply problems. The non scientific factions are able to bypass laws and continue with real estate and agricultural development while scientific factions are unable to counter these moves (Barnett, 2007, p. A quick look at history and contemporary national and global politics reveals that scientists or green thumbs have been unable to stop the march of consumption (Lind, 2013). The author tends to over assume the role and influence of scientists in any given governmental structure. Tradition proves that scientific opinion has been unable to stem the growth of personal vested interests and Barnett’s stance on the issue is unjustified.The author’s investigation of Bob Graham and his family’s role in the current crisis also deserves praise. Graham’s family has been criticized for exacerbating the situation by sugar farming, cattle ranching and urbanization based businesses. However, Graham’s personal efforts as Florida’s governor for conservation and restoration measures have been appreciated (Barnett, 2007, p. In contrast, Barnett paints Jeb Bush as a hypocritical political leader who manipulated the water supply situation for political gains through a “shell game” (Barnett, 2007, p. Essentially politics is the art of the possible and it must be realized that Bush was unable to resist personal and closely vested interests in the water situation. Rather than criticize the situation as it stands, it would have been better if Barnett provided measures to raise public awareness regarding future water shortages and
Barnett, C. (2007). Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S. The University of Michigan Press.
Lind, M. (2013, February 8). Democracy, Hacked ‘The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change,’ by Al Gore. Retrieved February 14, 2013, from New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/10/books/review/the-future-six-drivers-of-global-change-by-al-gore.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&pagewanted=all&adxnnlx=1360857794-dR85t3oXg4l9nzQk1FnB9g
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