Even though California and other big spots for U.S. agriculture may be experiencing a water shortage, and even though Canada contains a whopping 20% of the world’s fresh water supply, trade of water between the two countries is not likely as long as NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) stands. Under NAFTA rules, once a commodity is traded between any North American countries, each country’s demand for that commodity must be treated equally; this means Canada could lose control of how much water is purchased by the U.S. Canada is understandably unwilling to let this happen and thus will probably not be exporting water soon.
Indeed, NAFTA would get in the way. But I think the politics of the agreement would quickly be circumvented if California needed the water to continue its vast food production. Things may be slow and inefficient in government, but not when it comes to real needs for real people. I have faith in government for providing this much, at least.
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