#WaterScarcity Hurting #Iraq #Oil Production

The prologue of Inevitable explains how water scarcity poses a broader problem set than simply a lack of drinking water.  We’ve written on this blog numerous times about how water scarcity ultimately touches nearly every industry we rely upon.  Energy is a big one.  We’ve also written about how in a global economy, no matter where this problem first surfaces, it will affect us all.  Now, we see how water scarcity is causing problems for the Iraq oil industry:

A lack of water threatens Iraq’s plans to raise its oil output, boost its stumbling economy and become a leading producer in the region after Saudi Arabia.

A multi-billion dollar common seawater injection scheme designed to boost production from the giant export oilfields in Iraq’s south is snarled up in red tape and acrimony.

Don’t forget, America still gets much of its oil from the middle east, and that includes Iraq.  Still not convinced, just remember that if water scarcity is affecting oil production in Iraq, there’s no reason to believe numerous other countries in the middle-east and beyond won’t soon have the same problem.

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