29 September 2008

Delta Pissing Match

It's Delta Day at aguanomics (four posts!) The Rest of the World will have to wait.
Someone sent me the letter from James E. O' Banion of the San Joaquin River Water Authority [PDF] to Peter Gleick of the Pacific Institute, who responded with his own letter [PDF]. (Everyone and his brother are cc'd on these...)

Banion was complaining about PI's report on water conservation options at the Sacramento Delta -- a report that I have criticized, and over which Gleick and I have argued.

So -- among other things -- Banion says this [click to enlarge]:










...and Gleick -- among other things -- says this [click to enlarge]:


Bottom Line: I don't know about you, but Gleick's overweening condescension is pretty hard to tolerate. Even if he was right (and he isn't), he is not making any friends by acting this way. And it's good to be friends with the people who stand between you and a deal you want. [Researchers have found that people who trade more often are more cooperative in solving social dilemmas.]

hattip to MC Hammer

2 comments:

  1. Agree with your take on Mr. Gleick's response. He ought to be satisfied with the splash his study made in the first place - and not follow it with inflammatory letters. Now would be a time for him to back off, be conciliatory, and protect his hard-won points. But I saw enough of his tit-for-tat with you on this blog to doubt that will happen...

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  2. Seems to me Peter said it pretty well.

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