Desalination Plants Are A Waste Of Money
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Perhaps wherever you live, desalination plants are a waste of money.
BUT in the place I live (Dubai, UAE, Middle East), the land is practically a desert. The only water body close to the city is the ocean and the backwater.
The closes freshwater from Dubai is in Al Ain which is 141 km (2 hour drive) from Dubai.
Even that Oasis would not be able to provide for 2.5 million people living in Dubai and Al Ain.
What is the solution to this problem?
Desalination plants. Providing water from the vast Ocean by removing impurities like salt from seawater and adding minerals.
Without this, Dubai would experience severe water shortages which would be a massive hit to their expat (basically, immigrants) based economy since nobody will be willing to live in this place. Tourism will also take a massive hit.
In the future, Desalination will be even more essential and well worth the 20 million (US dollars I assume).
Water is already so scarce, 1/9th of the world (780 million people) lack proper drinking water, in 2030 this figure will become 47% of the world's population. There is a significant chance that whoever is reading this will be facing water problems 16 years from now.
Wars maybe even fought over water.
People keep complaining about wars fought over oil. Now imagine wars over water.
How pathetic is that?
The answer is - VERY pathetic. The solution to all of this is to use the largest source of water on our planet. The ocean, which contains 98% of the planet's water.
To use the ocean to solve our water problems, we need desalination plants. Therefore, desalination plants are not a waste of money. After all, anything is worth avoiding global drought and war.
Even now there are water restrictions in place in Australia. I am sure Pro is aware of the 2007 drought.
Even so, in Asia, particularly South West Asia (middle east), desalination plants are a necessity since they supply the water required. Oases in the middle east cannot supply nearly enough water to the population. The only plausible solution to water problems is desalinating water. Which is what is being done, and which is what should be continued.
After all, what use is money if you die of thirst?
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Vote Placed by Zarroette 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Con's examples were very convincing, and Pro couldn't answer them. Whilst Australia might not need such a plant, Dubai, and the like, certainly do. Con's sources weren't overly powerful, but enough for source points, especially considering Pro's. Conduct to Con too, for Pro's forfeits.
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