I would like to propose being able to transport water at very low cost to any location on our current or near-future Earth. The mechanism of transport is technology based, and results in 100% pure H20 - therefore is instantly potable and both disease and parasite free.
It uses a device at the sending end, and at the receiving end, much like the Stepping Disks used by Larry Niven's Puppeteers in the Ringworld series. The devices are "tuned" to ONLY pass H20 - this is how the water is purified. So the water will be drawn from the Oceans - from a location in international waters - probably the "dead zone" in the Southeast Pacific. The energy requirements are extremely low, and the sending mechanism is very simple and stable. It can run unattended for years if required. It would likely be placed on the Ocean floor.
I am interested in what forms of political opposition will be likely to happen. EG
- What NGO special interest groups will get in the way?
- Which governments will be hardest to deal with? Be obstructionist? Actively oppose?
- What organisations will attempt to disrupt by force? (Eg Sea Sheppard or other Eco Terrorism outfit)
I am torn between writing a story with a peaceful Utopian outcome, or one that is very dark and has massive conflict happening over water resource. The dark road gives plenty of opportunity for conspiracy theories, and great big plots that span countries & continents, which probably does make for better reading. This is a big part of why I am asking the question, I would like to see insight into all the possible things that could go wrong from a Political point of view. Even identifying specific organisations or governments that in the opinion of the poster are going to have issue with the aim of peaceful supply of water will be a massive help. I can then do some independent research on those organisations/ governments.
In all honesty, I am likely to write both stories, and the dark road is the one more likely to see the light of day as a web serial somewhere. It would seem that dark stories are more popular, and at the end of the day - writing stories is about getting readers more than anything else.