11 Jan 2010

Steven Solomon on water policies

via DL ("In Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power and Civilization, journalist Steven Solomon argues that water is surpassing oil as the world's scarcest critical resource...water's cost doesn't reflect its true economic value."). Here's a TV interview:

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He says end subsidies and require that water taken out of the environment be returned in the same quality ("the golden rule"), but he fails to answer reporters' questions ("what do I do?") because most of our water problems are not individual behavior problems but rational responses to bad policies -- some of which are bad on purpose. He does say "politics," so we're on the right track.

1 comment:

  1. WaterSourceWaterBank12 Jan 2010, 13:44:00

    Solomon simply takes aim with a sawed-off shotgun at a long distance target and hopes that one of his BB's of BS will strike a nerve and he will sell another book ! No wonder he can't answer any real questions he has pointed his blunderbuss at the whole world without a single round of any water expertise in any given area.

    Maybe I am just old and slow, but it took years of study, research, and personal direct involvement in a couple thousand Water Court cases to arrive at a full understanding and appreciation for a prior appropriation water allocation system ( Colorado) based in 135 years of Law that functions in a market economy without the physical hostility Solomon claims is upon much of the world.

    Observation of a water allocation system like California's reassures me that the only way to proceed with economic reliability and some semblance of certainty for the future is to inject it with new fresh water that is not subject to the hallucinations of the latest water guru !


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