Salon has an interview today with Diane Raines Ward, the author of the book Water Wars, which is about the growing scarcity of fresh water. I don’t know about you, but the idea of ongoing, extreme scarcity of a resource that most of us who don’t live in the desert take for granted really freaks me out. We’ve had a drought all year, and this past week we’ve gotten so much rain that many communities around here have flooded. Anyway, these kinds of large scale, seemingly intractable issues always fill me with angst, particularly when they don’t even seem to be on the radar screen of the professional infighters in Washington DC.