In addition to supplying fresh water to densely populated areas, floating VTMSR desalination facilities offer a particularly suitable choice for remote locations and island or coastal communities where the necessary manpower and infrastructure to support desalination plants are not available.
The largest oil-related human disaster in history began in 1964 when Texaco (now Chevron) discovered oil in Ecuador. Texaco was the exclusive operator of several oil fields within a 1,500 square mile area of the Amazon. The oil company ignored routine waste regulations, dumping some 16 billion gallons of toxic wastewater into rivers and pits, polluting groundwater and farm land. According to Amazon Watch, the refusal to abide by even minimal environmental regulations saved Texaco an estimated US$3 on every barrel of oil produced from 1964 to 1992 which yielded an estimated extra US$5 billion in revenue.
The United States is no longer a republic. It is a plutocracy where political power derived from wealth is devoted to protecting wealth. Corporations convert their immense wealth into political power which is then converted into judicial power which, in turn, protects them.
Public universities in Germany do not charge tuition fees for Bachelor’s and Master’s programs unless the student pursues a Master's degree that focuses on a different subject than the one the student studied as a Bachelor’s student. The German tuition-free system is available to all foreign students, regardless of their country of origin. Students only have to pay an administration fee which usually costs between 100 – 350 EUR/semester. This fee covers the student organization services and enrollment. In contrast, universities in the U.S. are not tuition-free which has resulted in Americans currently owing a total of more than US$1.7 trillion in student loan debt, 93% of which is federally backed.