16 September 2009

A Break with the Past

On the Record (via BT) notes how views are changing:
This is the turning point I’ve been waiting for. With water costs this high, she’d rather be in a city apartment. I’ve been wondering for years what would herd people in from the exurbs. It struck me as a race between costs of water and costs of firefighting. For a while, the cost of gas and the commute was coming on strong, but that horse fizzled. Now we need people to know this before they lock themselves into houses. Ms. Sanchez, don’t become a water district activist! Spend your energy telling your friends not to do what you did! Tell them the house and lawn isn’t worth it.
As water bills rise to reflect the true cost of scarcity, some people area are realizing that their perception and reality no longer overlap. The reality is that it's delusional to expect that your "desert lawn" is going to be cheap.

Bottom Line: Lawns are not a human right. Lawns should be just as scarce as water, and nobody will understand how scarce water is until the price rises to reflect scarcity!

1 comment:

enviroecon said...

That's one of the mantras of sustainability: that price would reflect scarcity. I'm glad that happens, and that blog post just strengthens my opinion that the course to sustainability is to correct market failure.