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Wall Street Scooping Up Colorado River Rights in Bid to Profit From Historic Drought

By Common Dreams

Financial speculators are buying and selling rights to the Colorado River’s dwindling water resources in a bid to profit as historic drought conditions intensified by the fossil fuel-driven climate crisis lead to worsening scarcity.

Wall Street investment firms “have identified the drought as an opportunity to make money,” Andy Mueller, general manager of the Colorado River Water Conservation District, told CBS News on Tuesday. “I view these drought profiteers as vultures. They’re looking to make a lot of money off this public resource.”

Matthew Diserio, the co-founder and president of a Manhattan-based hedge fund called Water Asset Management (WAM), makes no secret of his intentions, having described water in the U.S. as “the biggest emerging market on Earth” and “a trillion-dollar market opportunity.”

The company’s website declares that “scarce clean water is the resource defining this century, much like plentiful oil defined the last.”

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One Comment

  1. Duncan Adams Duncan Adams February 6, 2023

    Duh I did not think of this and should have … OF course some one will take the bet .

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